JULY 2021

2 Corinthians 3:17: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where 

the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."


The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is when the United States of America celebrates the freedom of this country from Britain.  It can be a day of positive action which is full of energy brought on by people getting together for picnics, friendship, fireworks and enjoying the freedom of knowing that our country is one made for the government of the people, by the people and for the people and shall not perish from this earth. Having freedom certainly does not mean that a person can do whatever they please. It means that we are living in a way that brings respect to all and enhances the freedom of others. We need to recognize the rights of everyone and not just certain groups. America is made up of all kinds of people from many different places and we need to share our knowledge with each other. Remember that united we stand but divided we fall. It does not matter where you come from but rather where you are going. Believe in America and follow the great dreams and the opportunities that can make these dreams come true. President Harry Truman once said that "America was not built on fear but on courage, imagination, and the unbeatable determination to do the job at hand".  We need to recognize and remember all the many people who have given their lives to ensure that we have this freedom. 


The American flag is one of the most recognized symbols of freedom and democracy in the world. The flag stands up tall and has been flying over American soil for almost 250 years and is a symbol of our beloved country. The next time you hear or sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," "America", or "God Bless America" please remember what our county stands for and give a prayer of thanks for our America, the home of the free and the brave.

                                             God Bless the USA

Judy Russell