Monday, July 4, 2011

As we celebrate the Fourth of July

Today we celebrate the birthday of our amazing Nation, formed by the creation and adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.

From it's preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,  that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

As you celebrate today, whether at a family gathering or a community picnic, while watching parades and fireworks or watching children play, take a moment to contemplate these words, and what they mean to you as a person, and to us as a nation.

To me they mean most of all that I live in the greatest nation on earth.  That I owe a debt to all of those brave Americans who came before me to help guarantee my rights as stated above, in times or war and times of peace.

Today as we celebrate, I offer a prayer that we, as a nation, come together to repair what is broken in our country, and that each and every one of us do our part to insure that this nation is to present and future generations the beautiful and amazing creation that it was to our founders.

{I made these jar candles in one of the e-classes I am currently participating in, 'The Embroidery Project: All In The Details", offered by awesome blogger Millie Johanson of  Wild Olive.}

Have a beautiful day, friends.


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