Today is July 4th. America's Independence Day. To those in other countries, it is just another day. The fourth day in the seventh month on the calendar. Nothing special.
But for me, an American living in this great country, it is a day of remembering how blessed I am to live in the United States of America. On this day, I'll see Old Glory flying with her brilliant red and stark white stripes and a field of royal blue boasting fifty stars representing our states. I may hear the familiar strains of My Country 'Tis of Thee and even hum along.
On this, our Independence Day, I'm so grateful to God for the liberties I enjoy, many of which I take for granted. I am extremely thankful for those who have sacrificed so much so I can live in the greatest country on the planet. Today as I see our nation's flag flying in the breeze, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and a sense of pride that I can call myself an American.
Inspired by the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, Michael W. Smith wrote a song called There She Stands. In the weeks that followed the attacks, our country was unified in a way it never had been in its history. When I see the red, white, and blue, it's more than a symbol of my country. It's a reminder of the many blessings that God has given me! Happy Independence Day!