Today we celebrate Independence Day. As a nation we became an independent union. We have a Declaration of Independence that states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

We will celebrate with cookouts, family gatherings, parties and just relaxing. But in the midst of however we celebrate, let us remember what Jesus has given us. He has given us the Life for which we seek freedom. He has sacrificed His life for us with a promise of eternal life – far beyond the pursuit of happiness in this world. He has shown us what it means to walk the extra mile, give beyond the shirt on our back, to sacrifice to the hilt, and in all that, see Life for what it is truly meant to be: living as one family and caring for each other.

Happy Fourth of July! God Bless You and bring you His peace!