As the birthday of America will be widely celebrated tomorrow, I think about the American spirit. I am proud to say that I am a patriot, which is not to say that all Americans are perfect just as not every American law is right. Still there is hope that many Americans try to be their best and that most American policies promote freedom around the world.
One recent opinion column by Dana D. Kelley reinforced my view. Kelley is a freelance writer from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Based on his personal experiences in Mississippi, he wrote, “That’s the spirit,” which describes the best in Americans. May it add hope to our national holiday. He began with the following paragraph:
“Independence Day is the supreme American holiday. The reasons, principles, and ideals explaining the colonies’ separation from England formed the foundation for everything else the United States would ever be or hope to become.”
I invite you to read the entire article: “That’s the spirit” by Dana Kelley, 7/2/2021. It is definitely worth reading. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette article is found @ www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jul/02/thats-the-spirit/.
Kelley compares today’s American spirit to how it was in 1776 where I believe it was rooted in love. He ended the article with these two paragraphs, of which I fully agree:
“That’s the spirit. Same as ’76. Thank God it still lives and lives forever.
Celebrate it this weekend. Even better: Practice it every time you get the chance.” (DDK)
Enjoy our birthday celebration, and ponder our nation’s beginnings. Be thankful, and share the spirit and hope!
“We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and yet he hates his brother or sister, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother and sister, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him that the one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.”
(1 John 4: 19 – 21)