Freedom… it’s something most Americans have probably thought about lately with our recent observance of Memorial Day and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Honoring our fallen soldiers and those soldiers currently stationed around the world is really such a privilege, isn’t it? Without their sacrifice – and the corresponding sacrifice of their families – we wouldn’t necessarily have the freedom to celebrate. It feels a bit daunting to consider a life where those freedoms don’t exist, even though I know it happens in other nations every day. God has truly blessed America.
In fact, amongst all the things we are granted with our national freedom, I think the most important benefit is our right to worship our Heavenly Father. With this, it also occurred to me that Jesus extended a tremendous freedom to us when he gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins. His infinitely gracious gift allows us the choice to have a right relationship with God… and there’s nothing more freeing than that!
Thank you Lord Jesus for your endless love and mercy. Thank you for blessing this country we live in. And, thank you for revealing yourself and for granting us free will to make the choice for you. Amen.