Did you know that George Washington lost more battles than he won? Many of those were important battles of the Revolutionary War. Yet, America was born out of that war—regardless of how many battles our first President won or lost. It seems that God really is behind the rise and fall of nations.
Liberty comes with a price tag regardless of what country you live in. And with freedom comes the responsibility to serve others and to live peaceably with all men.
Following is the closing prayer for this week in The Divine Hours—Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle. I think it sums up my heart very well for this 4th of July.
“Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
In Him together, Susan Gaddis