With Grace leaving for a week at the Southern Rockies Discipleship Camp on Saturday morning, Carly and I ended up going to the Freedom Celebration at Isotope’s Park by ourselves. It was the most joyous thing that we have ever done and we became part of the largest crowd ever in the history of Isotopes Park. The afternoon and evening featured music from our own Battledums Music, Hawk Nelson and For King & Country (our absolute favorite group).
Today we celebrate our independence and freedom, which we have done since July 4th, 1776. In a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail he wrote, “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, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” We have since that time celebrated independence on July 4, which is the date shown on the Declaration of Independence.
How are you celebrating? I don’t mention it much because it is a little hard to believe, but I can celebrate my freedom every day as your Team Beachbody coach because I made the decision to take a leap of faith over 9 years ago to do something that I had never done before. I am sure that you have freedoms, too, that you hold so dear to you that you can’t believe that they are true either and you are counting your blessings every day because of them.
On this day then, let’s be thankful and grateful for all that we have today and all that our nation’s founders fought for 240 years ago. We have freedoms beyond what most people can even begin to comprehend.