“Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
I’m thankful for a country where I have the freedom to voice my opinions and speak my mind in peace. I’m thankful that freedom of speech applies not only to people who think like me but also to people who don’t.
I’m thankful for that Grand Old Flag. I’m more thankful for what it represents– one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. FOR ALL.
That’s still the goal. Everyone gets liberty and justice. Everyone.
In this country, there’s still such a thing as due process. Everyone is assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Everyone.
Are the 100% there yet? Not quite. We still have a ways to go before everyone has liberty and justice, but I think we’re still better off than a lot of places where voicing a dissenting opinion can get you permanently silence.
As always, my ultimate allegiance isn’t to a country and a flag and a President. It’s still to a King and a Kingdom that will never end.