Independence Day represents freedom. This year, we are grateful for the chance to celebrate in the community. In an effort to avoid over-crowding, some townships have spaced out or postponed their firework celebrations. While we are in fellowship, it’s important for us to remember and reflect on the history, the meaning, the depth of this holiday. Freedom isn’t free, and so many have died to give us the rights we are blessed with as citizens of this country. 
Our nation’s “birthday” is also my friend Franny’s birthday; instead of joking that the fireworks are to celebrate her, she smiles and happily shares this day by celebrating her military family. Her father, brother, and sister have all served us in the U.S. Navy. Due to a disability, Franny was not able to enlist, so instead, she began a prayer chain to specifically pray for our servicemen and women. This is her place of service.
As we celebrate freedom loudly with firecrackers and sizzling barbeques, let us reflect prayerfully on the freedoms given to us, and most importantly our freedom in Christ. Ephesians 3:12 says: “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Happy Birthday, America.

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