Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news! I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!
Today is July 4th or Independence Day here in America! A day we Americans love to celebrate with picnics, parades, fireworks, and family fun! All of that is awesome -- and we have our own plans to attend an old-fashioned 4th of July Picnic at our church later today and then to watch fireworks on one of the islands, but as I sit on my front porch this morning, my thoughts are sober ones. I wonder if most Americans ever even consider all those brave patriots who gave up so much -- including their homes, their fortunes, and often their very lives, to purchase our freedom.
Today we take our freedoms for granted . . . and many of them are being taken away from us right under our noses, and we do nothing. I admit, I don't always know what to do to make a difference . . . but, we can certainly vote wisely, pray, write letters, make phone calls, let our voices be heard. And pray some more . . .
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-2
I love this picture, and yet it makes me incredibly sad. When I'm in a crowd of people these days and the Pledge of Allegiance is being recited or the National Anthem is being sung, people seem preoccupied and uninterested. I don't see this kind of heart-felt respect for our flag or our country. With the exception of the precious older generation that was raised to show reverence, few people seem to put their hands over their hearts and show respect for our flag or our nation (or anything else, for that matter).
I once had the privilege of hearing Darlene Rose (author of Evidence Not Seen) share about arriving in America after being rescued from an horrific Japanese prison camp during WWII. She shared with us, with tears rolling down her face, how the American flag was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen after her deliverance and how she wept when she saw it! I'm afraid that we will have to suffer like she did before we really value our country and our freedom . . .
Well, I know this is a different type of Front Porch Friday post! But, this is what is heavy on my heart this morning!
I had more to share with you, but my hubby has cleared out the dining room and popped open the paint can . . . That means I better get off the computer and go grab a paint brush and get started! :)
I promise to share pictures next week! :)
What are you doing today? How are you celebrating the 4th of July? i'd love to hear how you are spending your holiday!