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For your consideration…

Recently we had a message about humanity. Today’s message is a perfect tag-a-long. It is about the perhaps the greatest experiment in humanity. It is about the birth of a nation with the idea that everyone…absolutely everyone, is born with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Most of us can not imagine that there could ever be anything else. Of course, this is exactly as it should be.

But before this nation was created under the Declaration of Independence, it was but a dream. And even then it was a foreign, radical idea for many living here. Many could not even grasp how such a nation could work. The in fighting we see each day within this nation is not unique. Indeed, our forefathers fought each other until they compromised and hammered out The Declaration of Independence.

We are reminded of this today because while our forefathers disagreed, they kept talking, arguing with each other. They did not back down and refuse to participate in the process. They kept at it because their hearts knew this nation and its promise was worth fighting for.

This nation’s promise and care was passed down through the generations from those first great patriots. Many great Americans have fought and bled for this great nation and those unalienable rights upon which she was created.

We are asked today are we a patriot? Are we willing to pick up the responsibilities of citizenship passed down to us? Are we willing to listen to our fellow patriots, compromise and work on solutions?

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required,”

Luke 12:48 in the King James Version.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…

-Affirm…“I am loved.”

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Be a true patriot.

-Celebrate the birth of this nation and the great experiment.

What made me smile yesterday…

-My husband tripped over the dog and fell Sunday. His sore feet already makes walking a painful experience. Now his sore legs have really limited him. So you can imagine navigating a trip involving airports. Walking anywhere requires a LOT of time. I suggested a wheel chair, which I have done before and he has refused. So I was shocked when he accepted yesterday. What made me smile was when I tried to navigate the wheelchair through the ropes course of the lines. Finally, a lady from Homeland Security said, “Stop! This is too painful to watch.” and she created a shortcut for us. Then she said to my husband, “Do you just let anybody drive you around?”

-We flew Spirit. Yes, I know they nickel and dime you to death to the point you really could fly another airline for cheaper. But the hours and the fact that this was a straight through flight made it attractive. What made us laugh was their uniforms. I swear their blouses and shirts look like bowling shirts.

-I had great help with getting Bruce and all of our bags through to renting a car.

-Ahhh, arrived safe and sound.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris

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