Between all the outdoor events and festivities, fireworks, food, and time with family and friends, I’ve decided to place one thing at the top of my list on the Fourth of July 2017. Prayer.
Don’t get me wrong.
That doesn’t mean I’ll retire quietly at home in thoughtful meditation for the next few days ignoring this holiday completely. After all, we celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year, marking July 4, 1776 as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
My declaration on this Fourth of July is to “speak up” in prayer, words and deeds.
I will act with kindness and inspire reasoned discourse.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
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I wiped away tears yesterday morning after going through the drive-through at Starbuck’s (my guilty pleasure).
It was a lovely day. My window was open, and I was behind a gentleman with his window rolled down, too. I noticed his license plate frame engraved with the words “Air Force” and “Vietnam vet.” I waved my arm out the window, smiled, and yelled “thank you for your service,” pointing to his license plate. Mentioned that my Dad was a retired Air Force vet who had served in Vietnam. He nodded his head.
When I got to the window to pay for my coffee, the barista said there was no charge. The driver in front of me had picked up my tab.
I was surprised and startled. I smiled. Then I cried, all the way home.
Today – Memorial Day – I honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. They gave the ultimate sacrifice. They won’t be forgotten.