"Author of Liberty"

* The Child Development Center & church office will close on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day *

DEVOTIONAL

In elementary school, many of us learned the first verse of "America," more commonly known by the first line, "My country tis of thee." The song goes on for four verses, and they are full of brilliant sounds and sights of the American landscape. The final verse of Samuel Smith's hymn takes all of these images and directs them back to the Maker:

Our fathers' God to thee,
Author of liberty,
To thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by thy might,
Great God, our King.
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This prayer is not just about the USA but can also apply to us as Christians. Through Christ, God redeemed us and "authored liberty." Our prayer is that the light of Christ will continue to brighten our world with the good news. And we pray for God's protection of all God's children around the world. Let this 4th of July be a time of thanksgiving to the "author of liberty," who is a great God, indeed!

Grace to each of you,

Pastor Darian

* Smith, Samuel F. "America." The United Methodist Hymnal, United Methodist Publishing House: Nashville, TN (697). Words originally published in 1832.