Reflections on Freedom
Freedom is a key component of life for us. I’m grateful for courage and battles fought during the Revolutionary War. George Washington and others persevered against the odds, facing hunger, disease and lack of supplies.
Several years ago we visited Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia. I gained a new appreciation for the valiant bravery of the founders of America. In colonial Williamsburg we stepped back in time, engaging in reenactments of conversations between Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Hearing the fife and drum corps stirred patriotism in onlookers.
In Yorktown we strolled the solemn battlefield and toured the Moore House, the final scene negotiation and surrender in the Revolutionary War. The Victory Monument stands as a tribute to courage and determination. The inscription around the concrete reads, “One Country-One Constitution-One Destiny.”
Freedom came through difficulty, problems, and controversy. Monuments and museums document the role of faith.
I gained of deeper understanding of the cost of freedom.
Faith in God is foundational to the freedom and founding of America.
On July 4th we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the hard-fought liberty. I encourage you to pause and reflect, with gratitude, on the beginnings of our country.
As important as that is, a greater freedom comes through faith in Jesus Christ. He gave his life to free us from the grip of sin and death.
Jesus fought the battle over sin and death securing our freedom for eternity.
We don’t have to stay tangled up in the sins of the past. Through the grace of God we are loved and accepted. By grace we receive forgiveness. The power of the Holy Spirit strengthens us for our daily struggles. In Christ, we can stand firm and live our faith in the daily battles.
As you reflect on liberty during the Independence Day holiday with cook outs and fireworks, I pray that your heart will also sing the music of freedom in Christ.