Happy Independence Day, Dear Friends! I hope you have had a blessed weekend. We commemorated our Independence Day a wee bit early this year…
I got to meet my role model, Lady Washington! One of my favorite quotes has been Lady Washington’s: “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”
An interesting fact about the Washingtons in July 1776 — General Washington wasn’t in Philadelphia, but another Washington was. It was Mrs. Washington who was in town during that time getting inoculated for small pox. The General was in New York City in the midst of much military tension.
“Madeline” came with us too to the festivity, at the insistence of a certain girl!
John Adams’ take on celebrating Independence Day: “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
I am touched by a quote of General Washington’s this year regarding the struggle and fight for independence: “The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of a brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer, or to die… Let us, then rely on the goodness of our cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions.” (Excerpted from the General’s speech to his troops before the Battle of Long Island on August 26, 1776). The bravery, the resolve, the more-than-self attitude, the reliance on God…. and I am one of the unborn millions!! That thought is almost too much to for me to take in. And so, my heart is full of gratitude to God for honoring the effort of the General and many, and to those who fought. Many generations later after that fateful year 1776, I pray that God would still reach down, in His mercy, to continue shedding His grace on America.
Have a most blessed day – Dear Friends!