Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, about how Americans might celebrate Independence Day, which he thought would be celebrated on July 2, the day the Declaration of Independence resolution making was determined by Congress, rather than the 4th, the day the form of the Declaration of Independence was agreed to.

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.  You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.

Indeed, to maintain this Declaration of Independence, our patriots have given their limbs, their health, their families, their friends, and their lives. The cost of freedom is high–it costs everything.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Our nation was founded upon the principles of Christianity, and God has truly blessed America.

Please join me in thanking veterans, soldiers and their families for their sacrifices for our freedom, and please pray for them.

My prayer for you:

May you understand the depth of freedom that you enjoy in America and the freedom you can know in Jesus. May America humble itself before Almighty God, repent from turning from God, and return to the God who blessed this nation.

God Bless America!

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