Friday, July 03, 2015

July 4, 2015

I'm supposed to be a wordsmith, but I really don't know how to fully express the way I feel. Tomorrow, we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of this nation--a nation, as Lincoln put it, "conceived under God." And when I look around me, I'm saddened by the events of our world, and those taking place in our own nation.

We'll fly our flag this weekend, as we do almost every day. We'll join in the singing of our national anthem when it's played. We'll vote and work and pray for our nation.

When I was commissioned an officer in the Air Force, I took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend our nation from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. I still try to live up to those words.

I hope each of us on this Independence Day will pause to reflect on what it has taken for us to be citizens of a free nation. As it's been put so eloquently, America was founded on the principles of being "one nation, under God, indivisible...with liberty and justice for all."

I'll be taking a blogging hiatus for the balance of July (in case anyone notices). Enjoy the month. I'll see you in August.

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Patricia Bradley said...

I feel the same way. Have a happy Fourth and enjoy the rest of the month off!

Quiltedchicken said...

We as a nation do seem to be turning away from God. God bless you and your family this Fourth of July. Enjoy your time off.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Patricia and Claudia. Same to you.

Elaine Stock said...

Thanks for writing this, Richard. As I've been tweeting: we are experiencing a lot of upheavals in this country right now (since its beginning, really) but I'm still thankful to be living in the United States. I just pray that I will be able to say the same in my tomorrows.