Independence Day

July 04 2004 12:15 (+ 6 - 8 )

Today, the United States celebrates another year of independence. For 228 years, America has seen no other ruler than her own, the American people. Though there have been attempts to seat a foreign government on these shores--the British as we declared independence, the Germans and Japanese, Muslim extremists and theocratists--through it all, we have elected a man to execute our government, a group of men to write our government, and a group of men to judge our goverment. These people have been elected from among our own.

For 228 years, we have been the United States of America. Even that was threatened when some of those states felt their own independence and sovereignty threatened. Through it all, however, we have always been one nation "...under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all..."

Almighty God, You have given us this good land as our heritage. Grant that we remember Your generosity and constantly do Your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Grant that we, who came from many nations with many different languages, may become a united people. Support us in defending our liberties, and give those to whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, may our hearts be thankful; and in troubled times do not let our trust in You fail; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Collect for the Nation

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