When I think of the 4th of July I think of corn on the cob, watermelon, cookouts, and fireworks. I had a wonderful and busy weekend. Friday (Jul. 1st) I went to my folks. Saturday (Jul. 2nd) we shucked, cleaned, and put up corn. Sunday (Jul. 3rd) after church we went to my Grandma’s to visit with some relatives from out of state. Dad and my uncle began moving the tractors and hay baling equipment to the hay field. My folks’ house is up on a hill and because it is in the country you can see for miles. So, Sunday night we sat out in the yard and was able to watch about ten different firework shows. It was awesome. This is something we do every year, some years are better than others and this year was one of the best. Monday (Jul. 4th) the neighbors invited us to dinner. We had smoked beef ribs, beef bologna, and sausages, plus potato salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, and corn on the cob from the garden. For dessert we had an amazing brownie sundae. I was stuffed.
But you know, the 4th of July has nothing to do with fireworks, shucking corn, baling hay, or cookouts. It is a celebration of our freedom and I cannot post this blog without saying something about those who have fought for us to have that freedom. Our fore fathers fought and died so we could be free to think, worship, and express our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs, without the fear of imprisonment. Many brave men and women throughout history came after them to fight for us to keep that freedom. We live in a country where we can attend church, witness, and read our Bible openly without the fear of being arrested. We are free to express our opinions, choose whatever career path we want, and marry who we choose. We live in a country where all children regardless of age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status can attend school. We have special schools for those who have limitations and for those who are gifted. And these are only a few of the thousands of freedoms and rights we have and take for granted every day. We are a spoiled nation and forget just how fortunate we are to live here. We owe all these freedoms to our veterans and those who are serving in our military today.
I have a very high respect for anyone who has or is willing to give their lives for their country. Jesus gave his life for ALL mankind, even those who spoke against Him. Soldiers are not much different, they fight so EVERYONE in this country can be free, even those who are against them. It is difficult for me to understand how anyone could protest a fallen soldiers funeral or say horrible things to someone who has served. But that fallen soldier, that veteran, fought so those people can have the freedom to protest and express their opposition.
So to all those soldiers, past and present, out there I salute you and say “Thank you” and may God bless you and your family all your days.
Until another day.