Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Independence Day

John Adams' famous letter penned July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

 A portion of the Declaration of Independence:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in GENERAL CONGRESS assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions, DO, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly PUBLISH and DECLARE, That these United Colonies are, and of Right, ought to be free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Bri tain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that, as FREE and INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. AND for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

AND for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,
we mutually pledge to each other
our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
 
I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure,
that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration,
and support and defend these States.
Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory.
 
Independence is not free. Independence and Freedom have a cost. A very high cost.
 
Celebrating Independence Day and remembering their sacrifice.
Blessings,
Kathy 
 
 
 
 
 


12 comments:

  1. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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  2. Independence is not free, but it is easy to take that for granted in this country. Taking the time to remember that and appreciate everything we have is so important. Have a great Fourth!

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    1. Very true! It's always a good idea to stop and take a look around - we do take a lot or granted. Happy Independence Day to you, too.

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  3. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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    1. Amen! Our pastor preached on 2 Chronicles 7:12-22 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 last Sunday. =)

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  4. I like how he stated that it was the people as a whole that was so important!
    Enjoy your 4th of July! {:-D

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    1. Thank you! Hope you enjoyed yours, too. =)

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  5. John Adams' letter was printed in our local paper.
    We are very lucky to have the freedoms we do!

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    1. Very fortunate, indeed! I am grateful to those who defend those freedoms!

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