The Gift of Freedom


On July 3, 1776, after the completion of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote the following in a letter to his wife Abigail.

“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 devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sport, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forever.”

Our forefathers understood that all men (women & children) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and those rights include life, liberty and freedom.  On this 236th birthday of America, let’s celebrate as John Adams described.  Let’s also commit a time of prayer to our Almighty God. May we pray for those who are oppressed, those who hunger, and those who thirst that all men, women and children would experience the gift of freedom that God has given us.