Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
It is our family's tradition to gather at my parents' home in the small, rural town of Oxford, Georgia, to celebrate the Fourth of July. As my son, Daniel's, birthday is July 5th, we honor both his birth and the birth of our nation.
This year, in the wake of the recent passing of beloved actor and American icon, Andy Griffith, is dawns on me that the real town of Oxford is just like the make-believe Mayberry made famous by "The Andy Griffith Show". It's a place steeped in southern tradition and enduring values. Where people are never too busy to wave and smile, stop and chat, and lend a helping hand.
It is a community which upholds faith and family, flag and freedom on a day in, day out basis. But, on July 4th, they proudly parade those beliefs for all to see. Literally!
If you live in a large metropolitan area, the photos below may seem quaint, old-fashioned, or even out of touch with the times.
Think of the hundreds upon thousands of small towns peppered throughout this great land which, more than likely, celebrate our Independence Day in the same way as Oxford does. Places where each and every person is happy to show their patriotism for and their pride in the grandest country on earth.
Will you pray with me?
Our Founding Fathers knew, Lord, that true freedom begins with You. They believed that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were Your gifts to all humanity. We thank You for guiding them in creating a Constitution which guarantees these freedoms. We pray these will ever be honored and upheld in Jesus' name. Amen.