When you think about the Fourth of July, you likely think about memories of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, spending the afternoon on the lake, hosting a backyard barbeque with friends or watching fireworks. This year, I hope you also take time to think about all that the day represents and the incredible freedoms we enjoy in America.
I’ve heard it said that when we talk about church, we’re talking about the people that make up the church, not the actual building itself. I think the same is true of our country. America is beautiful – “from sea to shining sea” – but its true wonder is in the people who live here. I’m blessed to represent just a small portion of the men, women and children who make the United States the land of opportunity and freedom.
When our Founding Fathers first declared independence from Great Britain, Thomas Jefferson said, “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.” His words still ring true today. America is not perfect, but we can celebrate how far we’ve come and all that lies ahead. May God bless America, today and every day!