I think that most – if not all of us – would agree that our Nation has been blessed. We have been blessed materially, geographically, educationally, and technologically.
As we celebrate the birth our Nation this weekend, on July 4th, we need to be Thankful to the Lord and seek Him for His continual blessings in the future.
Today, we are reminded again (as young men and women have died defending our Freedoms), that our Freedom comes with a high price. Men and women throughout the history of our Country have given their lives to make this country what it is – for our Independence!
It was this way from the beginning – out of the 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence:
– 5 were captured and tortured by the British before they died.
– 12 had their homes ransacked and burned to the ground.
– 2 lost their sons in the war.
– 1 had two sons captured.
– 9 fought and died from wounds or the hardships of war.
– Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home to pay his debts died poor.
– Thomas McKean was forced to move his family almost constantly because he was so hounded by the British. He served in Congress without pay and died in poverty.
– Thomas Nelson’s home was seized by the British at the Battle of Yorktown and used as a command post. He urged Gen. George Washington to open fire on it. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.
Jun 10, 2010
Dear Lord, You know what we have been worrying about, keeping us awake at night. We give it all to You, for You are faithful, and Your promises of help are certain. You will never fail us nor forsake us. Thank You for Your kindness to us, Your creatures. We don’t deserve such grace, but Your mercies are new every morning, and Your promises are all firm and sure, to be counted on. In Jesus, we see all this to be true, so we come to Him and offer into His hands all our worries and fears. Through Jesus, our Lord, we receive perfect peace. Thank You, O Lord. Amen.