Happy 4th of July

Jul 03 2015

As our nation celebrates its birthday, we all recognize that we live in the greatest country in the world. Our nation, like our people, is a compassionate country, determined to open its heart to all people, while always willing to defend our freedom.  I am always optimistic that America will remain "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

When the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence the founding fathers clearly understood the significance of their actions.  Today, as I consider the complex world in which we live, I am reminded of the words of Thomas Paine - "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must undergo the fatigue of supporting it." 

I know that every American is willing to suffer the fatigue of supporting our freedom.  Please remember to pray for our servicemen and women - they serve to keep us free.

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