Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Red, White, and Blue decorations, flags flying, barbecue, fireworks, family and friends make for an exciting day….even when the drive home from the fireworks take several hours and we have to go to work the next day!
If you are reading this, you probably live in America and experience a lot of personal freedom. Freedom to speak, freedom to worship, freedom to choose to marry and have a family or to stay single, freedom to travel, and freedom to stay home!
Why do we sometimes feel bound? We have so much freedom, so much opportunity and yet we Americans are increasingly bound. Not by an external force, although politics of today is indeed scary, but bound by an internal restrictive force. Our restrictors are not necessarily external as they were on that first Forth of July two hundred and forty-one years ago. Our restrictors are those of the mind and soul. The identity of past negative experiences, fear, resentment, anger, jealousy and so on! I think you get the point.
I suggest on this fourth of July, we let Freedom Ring. We show our deeply felt appreciation for all our external freedoms, pray for, and do all we can for those who don’t have them AND sing this song of liberation to our soul, that we might be internally free as well!