Thursday, July 5, 2012

after the rain, does the sun shine || PHOTO JOURNAL

A few mused photos of a storm and the glorious sunset that came after.

Seek Him First,
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day || they signed for us

On July 2nd, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved in wording by the Continental Congress. On July 4th, 1776 the delegates voted to accept it and declare America's independence from Great Britain. On July 8, 1776, the Declaration was read in public for the first time, outside Independence Hall, Philadelphia, accompanied by the ringing of the Liberty Bell. On July 19th, Congress ordered it engrossed in script on parchment, and on August 2, 1776, the members of Congress signed the parchment copy. On July 3rd, 1776, the day following the approval by Congress of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail Adams:

"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."

As the parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence was being signed by the members of the Continental Congress, August 2, 1776, Samuel Adams declared: 

"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come."

We must, as Americans, remember He that made us all. That inspired in the hearts of our founding Fathers a sense of Liberty and Justice for this nation. 

"I am only one man, but I am one man. I can't do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do!" -Edward Everett Hale, patriot, 1776

Remember and give thanks for the blessings we have been given. God Bless America. Join me this Independence Day as I celebrate the freedoms with which God has blessed me and our Nation.

A great man once explained that "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution [. . .] they were signing a promissory note to which every American was heir.But with this blessing also comes duty. 

So this Independence day, join us in remembering our blessings and thanking God for His grace in our lives. 

P.S I personally know everyone in this video. 

May God bless America, and may America bless God!

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