The Fourth of July!
Also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
There are a lot of people I know, no matter their country of origins, religion, socio-economic class, what language they speak, where they live or what political views they hold, are not altogether pleased with their government. It is very easy for us to complain, or perhaps go further and protest. It’s a blessing for us to use our faculties and our freedoms as citizens, to be sure. But let us, as a united country, not forget to pray for our government, and particularly for our leaders. As we see our government doing things that are consistent with God’s guidelines, we offer thanks to God. And where we see the need for improvement, we ask God to intercede in the hearts of our leaders and lead them into his righteousness and justice.
So, today, as an American I thank God for my country. And I pray for our worldwide leaders, asking God to give them wisdom and to bless their leadership. No matter the country in which you live!
Dr. Thomas Agrait