Thursday, June 26, 2014
Happy birthday, America! Every July 4th, we appropriately celebrate the greatest country the world has ever known. Our parties include games, pomp, levity and food. These annual moments of celebration are marked by grave sacrifices of countless patriots.
The 4th of July festivities are fitting and proper. However, we didn’t arrive in celebration by accident. Following are the words of our former President John Adams in a letter to his wife Abigail regarding the Declaration of Independence. His words were prophetic:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch 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 parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.
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 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 worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we [may regret] it, which I trust in God we shall not."
How profound those words were not only then, but also today. As we celebrate the 4th of July this year, it is important to continue to celebrate in the manner John Adams predicted (although he may have predicted July 2nd rather than July 4th). As Oklahomans annually do we should enjoy our parades, sports, fireworks and events. We should continue to be mindful of the great sacrifices – “blood and treasure” that it has cost to maintain our freedom. I thank God that He graced me by making me an American. May His grace and mercy continue on our land. Happy 4th of July, Oklahoma!
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