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The Day After Independence Day

July 5, 2018

I mail out a weekly update letter to our At Home church members.

There’s a puzzle page and a devotional page that goes with it.

Here’s what I sent out earlier this week as the devotional page, written by Carlos Wilton and Timothy Merrill —

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of
divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and
our sacred Honor.

This is the last line of the Declaration of Independence, and it shows us two things
in particular about the patriots who signed it: They depended on God and they
depended on each other.

That last bit sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it — how they depended on God
and each other? How is that independence? How can you depend on someone or
something, and at the same time declare your independence?

We like to think that Independence Day — coming up in three days — is all about
allowing every American to stand alone, as a rugged individual — forgetting that
Independence Day is about the independence of a nation, not of a bunch of people
looking after their own interests.

It’s terribly easy, in our contemporary culture, to forget that hard-earned lesson: that we are inevitably dependent.

The pioneers on the frontier knew:

• how, if you had to raise a barn, you couldn’t do it without your neighbors;

• how, if you fell sick, you could depend on

the people in the next cabin to fetch the doctor;

• how you could look across the valley through a snowstorm,

and see from the

lantern in the window that you were not alone.

The founders of our country knew you couldn’t have a declaration of independence
without a corresponding declaration of dependence — that we are dependent on God
and we depend on our neighbors to help us.

Let us give thanks today for our nation’s independence. But let us also give thanks
that we are blessed with so many people who help us.

They help us with visits, with health care, with our daily meals and so much more.

We are blessed in so many ways!

Prayer: Thank you, God, for the blessings that come

from my dependence upon

you and upon my neighbors! Amen.

© 2018 CRI, PO Box 9290,

Canton OH 44711. 1-800-992-2144.

— Yup, yesterday was Independence Day for those of us in the USA.

But that’s far from the end of the story, isn’t it?

Let’s not forget that.


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