Happy Birthday, USA!!
Freedom and the United States of America are synonymous around the world.
We who were lucky enough to be born in the USA are (or we should be) grateful to be a part of this great human experiment, started by bold, brave men (and supported by their women and children) more than 230 years ago.
In addition to securing our own freedom, the people of the USA have helped many others around the world to become free.
God made his people free. He gave us intellect and free will. I have no doubt He wants all of his children to be free--free to choose to do good and free to neglect to be good. Free to love the people of the world and help those who are hungry or unfree, and free to turn our backs on those in need. Free to offer kindness and compassion, and free to be unsympathetic to another person's suffering.
With freedom comes great responsibility, and, for that reason, it has been the duty and privilege of US citizens, along with our allies, to help others around the world throughout our history.
My fellow Americans, this Independence Day, as we celebrate the birth of our country, think about the free choices we're making as individuals and as a country. Pray that we always make the right choices for ourselves, our communities, our states and our country.
God Bless America!
Fran Shaff, Award-Winning Author
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