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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Just Who Makes Us Free?

It was Abraham Lincoln who said, "This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." President Franklin Roosevelt said it this way; "We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want. The fourth is freedom from fear." Just what is freedom? What should it mean to us? Ronald Reagan said this, "Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single authority or government has a monopoly on truth, but that every one of us put on this world has been put here for a reason and has something to offer." Yes, our freedom today is a wonderful gift to all of us. But, just who has given us this gift of freedom? It was our founding fathers in 1776 who dared to dream of a new, a free nation. Even though for so many of them, the very freedom they dreamed about they never realized, because they died making America free. And think about all the brave Americans since that time who have fought to keep our nation free. Certainly all of these Americans throughout the centuries have played their own very important parts. But, who has given us our freedom? Almighty God. It started over 500 years ago when Christopher Columbus set out to find this new land, America, and he said, "it is hoped that by God’s assistance, some of the continents in the ocean will be discovered…for the glory of God." It was Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence, who said this, "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time." And Colin Powell sums it up with these powerful words - "These are the eternal constants in our lives: Our constant devotion to the principles of freedom, democracy, and the free enterprise system; Our constant belief in the promise of this country, That the best is yet to come; Our constant belief that our country exists By the grace of divine providence – a divine providence that gave us this land and told us to be good stewards of it And good stewards of each other. Our constant belief that this is a land that god has truly, truly blessed and that we Are proud to call America."   Let us never forget who makes us free