It is a beautiful Independence Day here in Kansas.
I’m grateful for:
- Those who gave our lives for our freedom
- Our founding fathers, who drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence
- For the widows and those left behind who bore the sadness of losing a husband, father, brother, uncle, or son in the war
- Those who are continuing to give their lives to protect this country
Although I’m grateful, my highest gratitude goes to my precious Lord and Savior. Just as our earthly freedom was not without a high price, our eternal freedom was through the awful cost of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. That freedom is offered to everyone, but many reject that Precious Gift. Freedom is not free. Our freedom in the United States was paid for by the blood of Americans. Our freedom in the Lord Jesus was paid for by His blood. As I see our country sliding away from God at a rapid speed, my heart is grieved. Yet, I know whom I have believed. There is nothing to fear as a child of the Lord Jesus. I have been bought and paid for by my Savior. If you haven’t given your life to the Lord Jesus, my Friend, today is the day. None of us is guaranteed a single day.
I know not why God’s wondrous grace,
To me, He hath made known.
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love,
Redeemed me for His own. (taken from the hymn, I Know Whom I Have Believed)
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).