It is the Fourth of July, 2017.
It is a warm, clear, sunny day. Earlier, sitting outside on the wooden stairway landing, I read the Declaration of Independence out loud. It is a tradition I started a few years ago. I’ve noticed that each year I have a different reaction to those potent, destiny-shaping words.
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled…”
Can you imagine what it would have been like, to BE one of those people? REPRESENTING such a powerful, permanent thrust of history? What if it had been you, in solidarity with those 55 other brave compatriots, choosing to place your signature on the Declaration of Independence? In doing so, you would no longer be just you. The very fabric of your life would be forever transformed. Within your actions, your words – indeed your very presence! anywhere! – would pulsate the glory & destiny of a nation.
I believe that those who chose this path in 1776, were given an opportunity like none other. It staggers me, to try to grasp it.
“For this cause we faint not…for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…” (2 Corinthians 4:16,17)
I believe that the spirit of this Word lived within our founding patriots & warriors, whether they knew it or not.
GLORY BE TO GOD!
God bless America.