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Daily Inspiration

The Meaning of Independence Day 

July 4th commemorates the day in 1776 that our nation declared itself to be an independent nation, and no longer a colony of England. On that date, a number of our leading citizens signed what's known as the Declaration of Independence, stating our determination to become a free country. Our independence didn't come easily; only after several difficult years of war would it finally be won. Although it's not a religious holiday, for many Americans July 4th is a time to reflect on God’s goodness to us as a nation. Molded into the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia are these words from the Bible: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10) While we look with gratitude to the past on this July 4th, may we also look in faith to the future, and commit it and our lives to God and His will. The ancient words of the Psalmist are still true: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)