Tuesday, July 4, 2017

God Blessed America!

Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18, GW ~

Happy Birthday, America!

It's the 4th of July and even if we're with a hospitalized child or at home feeling alone, today is still significant for every person living in the United States. Although it may not be on a conscious level, we tend to consider what it means to live in this nation. Good or bad, fleetingly or with long pause, thoughts of how blessed we are to live here and what a great price was paid for our freedom take a place of prominence.

At this time in history, our nation is experiencing a widened divide and contentiousness between citizens. Anger rages around expectations. Rhetoric shreds in all directions. We exalt ourselves while we demean and lie about our fellow citizens. And complaining with fretful dissatisfaction has reached a fever pitch.

What if we set that all aside today? 

What if just today we remembered that we are one nation under God, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights? What if we were grateful rather than grouchy with each other? What if we counted our blessings rather than accentuating our differences?

Our country does have difficulties, but it is still one of the most BLESSED places to live on earth! As we wrestle over what to do about health care in our nation, it still remains better than most places on the planet. People from around the world STILL seek to come here for innovative cures and adequate treatment. One only need to look at the recent heartbreaking story of Charlie Gard for evidence.

We still have FREEDOM. While there are cases where we are sliding dangerously close to the Charlie Gard story, parents still have the freedom to make treatment choices for their children in America. We have myriad educational options for our children. Even in terrible situations, we have legal recourse, we can relocate, we have federal programs for catastrophic care. 

INCLUSION is remarkable in our nation compared to much of the world. Yes, we still have a long, long, LONG way to go, but we are not where we were. Many countries still ostracize and consider those with disabilities cursed. As we advance, we are opening up incredible work opportunities and even living arrangements for our kids. Acceptance is growing day-by-day.

Yes, America still has further to go, but we are so very blessed where we are at this time in history. It is important to remember those blessings. The disabled, the chronically ill, and their families in this country still live better than so much of the world. 

"Whoever has been given much will be responsible for much. Much more will be expected from the one who has been given more." 
(Luke 12:48, ERV)

Today, America, remember how BLESSED you have been by God and pass on the blessing by loving one another. Our Creator expects nothing less.

PRAY: Lord, thank You for the immeasurable gift of being an American. Help me to use my earthly citizenship to bless others. 

~ Barb Dittrich

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