Promise of Independence


July 4th, a day of flag waving, bar-b-que, hot dogs, apple pie and fireworks in the United States.  While all of this is great fun, it does not tell what this holiday is all about.  July 4th is the date the colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776 with a document of promise and hope.

For the last several years I have been asked to read from the Declaration of Independence in a patriotic celebration in small town Maine, and I am so grateful for the opportunity as it brought me back to the real significance of July 4th.  As I look over them today, I realize that the words crafted by early American patriots could apply to all  mankind.

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; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them small seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

In these days of turmoil throughout the world, it would serve us all well to take such truths to heart.

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6 thoughts on “Promise of Independence

  1. What an honor to be chosen to read from this most treasured document! I can see why they always choose you! Hmmmm, I am wondering if I heard you read that years ago!!!

  2. Linda, what an honor to read our Declaration of Independence! I am sure it was heart-felt and moving!

  3. Teresa Fowler July 4, 2017 — 3:11 pm

    Your reading is always a highlight of the celebration.

  4. Beautifully said, Linda !!!

  5. What an honor – reading that Declaration of Independence, Linda. I can hear it right now.

  6. How patriotic! How special. You have given a special remembrance to this very special day. God Bless the USA🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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