Saturday, July 4, 2009

A happy Independence Day! {and a few thoughts...}

"THESE are the times that try men's souls.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will,
in this crisis,
shrink from the service of their country;
but he that stands by it now,
deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny,
like hell,
is not easily conquered;
yet we have this consolation with us,
that the harder the conflict,
the more glorious the triumph.

What we obtain too cheap,
we esteem too lightly:
it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods;
and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as
FREEDOM
should not be highly rated."

[Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23rd 1776]

As these words have been filling my brain for the last week
(thanks to Brother Miller's talk in Church last Sunday!),
I have reflected upon them,
pounded them over,
milled them through...

How appropriate for our times are these words.

In a moment where we found ourselves hanging,
fighting against tyrannical ideas
in a government that was established to provide
the highest level of FREEDOM
ever known to man.

It is a strange thing for me,
to be so attached to this nation.

Born and raised in Quebec, Canada,
with strong proud Quebec roots.
Maybe it is the Quebecoise in me
that makes it so vibrant a need to fight,
to save and salvage
what was God given and inspired...

Marrying into this nation,
but most of all bearing children into it,
has sealed my bond...

And as we celebrate today,
for all that those brave men and women did,
my heart will be filled with gratitude,
reverence,
awe,...
and resolve.

These ARE the times that try men's soul,
once again.

We can no longer afford to be silent,
complacent in our Freedom.

Just as the signers of the Declaration of Independence
mutually pledged
their lives,
fortunes
and
sacred honor;
So it is time for US to do so.



Did you know?

Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence:

Five were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes burned to the ground. Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, and two more had sons captured. Nine fought and died in the Revolutionary War.

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, eleven were merchants, and nine were farmers and large plantation owners. They were well educated, smart enough to know that by signing the Declaration of Independence, they were signing their own death warrants. They did it anyway, and God bless them for it! [Courtesy of the Glenn Beck Email Newsletter July 3rd 2009]


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

1 comment:

the emily said...

love this holiday. it means a lot more to me now than it ever did because of my classes in college that taught all about the sacrifice of so many. i love the us!