Give thanks to God for our freedom

Today we join together as a nation to celebrate the gift of our freedom as enshrined by our Constitution. We commemorate the founding of our nation that is built upon the belief that all people have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We pause to give thanks for all those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom, especially those who have died in the line of duty both abroad and here at home. We also salute all the men and women who are working today to guard and protect our nation during these times of turmoil, terrorism and division.

May the Lord bless them and keep them safe as they fulfill their duties with dignity and distinction.

On this day, all Christians are also invited to give thanks to God for the freedom that comes to us through Jesus the Lord. For while our nation guarantees us the freedom to make significant choices that determine the paths of our personal lives, there is a deeper and richer freedom for which every human heart longs that only God can give. It is freedom from our past sins, our hurts and fears and from the chains of death itself. No nation can provide such freedom. Only Christ the Lord offers such freedom to you and me through His death and resurrection.

So while we pause to commemorate our nation’s birthday and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, let us not forget to give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom that invites us to inherit everlasting