This morning I pondered freedom, America, and the gratitude I have for all that I hold dear in this land.
I began to write in my journal:
"Today as I celebrate the birthday of this glorious country, I am grateful for freedom.
I think of its cost, knowing some gave everything. I imagine being the one left behind as father or brother or husband would never return from the battlefield. And yet, as I ponder liberty and its price, it saddens me to think how little so many of my country's citizens value liberty today.
May I never forget the blood, sweat, and tears that were given for this land that I love, for this freedom I hold so dear. And many I never forget the God who made this nation great.
It was upon His Word and Truth that my country was built, and it is only upon them that we can stand."
And I close with my favorite verse my country's grand and glorious national anthem: