Independence Day is a profoundly significant American holiday.

It is the celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, and of the radical ideas it embraces.  The Declaration declared that the starting point of thinking and planning everything about this new nation, is that  we acknowledge and honor, and will build our entire new country around the timeless truth that men and women have rights given to them by their Creator simply because they were born.

Government exists to protect and secure these rights, and has power only based on the consent of the governed.

Our Founders wrote:

“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


In recent years my husband and I have celebrated Independence Day by hosting a small dinner at which our guests take turns reading short, profound quotes by our founders, and other significant thought leaders in American history. Friends gathered in our home depart at the end of these special evenings newly and deeply inspired about the identity and meaning of America, including the place of God, faith, and  the Bible in the hearts of our founders and leaders. HERE is a link to those readings. Hope you enjoy them.

I’ll talk to you next week. I can’t wait!