You feel it everywhere, the down mood of our fellow citizens.
For proof we can read the polls or the daily newspaper. Or ask our neighbor. Or maybe just look in the mirror.
And yet we live in a nation blessed from its beginning.
Our founding fathers hammered out this unforgettable first paragraph in our Declaration of Independence:
"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."
They ended their Declaration with the statement that identifies the base on which they rested.
"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."
What it cost them
A number of them paid with their lives and their fortunes, or members of their families did.
As for their "sacred honor," many people around them called them traitors to the Crown.
John Hancock signed the Declaration first, boldly scrawling his signature. He said, "Well, I guess the King should be able to read that!"
(Ever since people have said, "Put your 'John Hancock' here.")
Arguments continue to rage over whether our nation's founders believed in God. Decide for yourself:
- "We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus." -John Adams and John Hancock
- "God who gave us life gave us liberty." -Thomas Jefferson
- "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." -George Washington
- ["The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests." -Andrew Jackson
Ponder this: These men were putting together a nation like none other on earth and setting up its governing structure from scratch
They had no road map, no instruction manual to follow. Only themselves and God.
But that was more than enough.
We'll see flags--and photos of same--flying everywhere over this holiday weekend. I don't know who took this photo of the flag, but it's said to be un-retouched.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. - Psalm 33:12
For just awhile, let's set aside all the grumbling and intrigue and give thanks