Do you feel pride in your country? It has it’s flaws, it faces enormous hurdles, and it has not always treated it’s citizens with justice but we are free. We are free – say it. We are free to travel or stay at home this memorial day. We are free to apply of a passport without fearing it will be denied. We are free to protest and to vote. We are free to worship or not and tell others without fearing reprisal. Our children have free education through high school. We have opportunities that others in the world long to have. People from all over the world still want to come here because we are a beacon of freedom. There is a poem written to celebrate France’s gift of the Statue of Liberty that sings the song of freedom…
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
‘Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!’ cries she
With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'”
I say, Vive la Liberté! St. Paul wrote, “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” True freedom is found in the Creator of freedom. Our Founders understood this when they wrote, “We find these truths to be self evident…” Our nation was founded with the hope that we would always breathe free knowing that it is our Creator who has built this desire into our very nature. Celebrate freedom, celebrate the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve it, and make the most of the freedom you have by a contentment which leads to serving others.