First, let's count our blessings…
As the world is rocked with cultural, political, economic, and societal unrest, it is entirely appropriate and important that we reflect today on this great nation—even with all its flaws—and marvel at the vision of our founding fathers so long ago.
I urge you to stop today and just be grateful for the blessings and liberties we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. Get out a pen and paper and write them down. Here are just a few to get you started:
- a roof over your head
- food on your table
- freedom of speech
- the right to vote
- the absence of tyranny
- clean water and running water
- freedom to worship the God of your choosing
- a relatively reliable electrical grid
- access to health care
- access to public education
Of course there is poverty and need in this country, and we must be vigilant in fighting it and always reaching out to help others. But whoever you are, wherever you are, you have something for which to be thankful. Never, ever forget that.
Next, let's pray for our country…
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance
with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, page 258)
Now, let's celebrate and sing our National Anthem along with this marvelous rendition:
I am certainly thankful for YOU!
P.S. I was not in the line where they handed out decorating talent, but I was happy with the 4th of July table decor I put together in the picture at the top of the post. That was taken on our screen porch.
P.P.S. Regardless of your denomination, The Book of Common Prayer is a spirit-filled resource. It includes the worship liturgies of the Episcopal Church, but its sections of prayers for every occasion include some of the most beautiful in all of Christendom. I commend it highly for a bedside or chairside resource.