Happy Independence Day
People from all across this country, people of differing faith traditions and no tradition at all, people who agree with me and people who vigorously disagree with me.
They responded with grace and love and yes, thoughts and prayers.
People dropped their temporal differences with me to offer kindness in spirit and hope.
Our barriers, though significant, melted in favor of a common good.
That’s what being an American has always meant to me.
A country as diverse in every way as God’s creation, but willing to work as one for the best ideals we know of.
A country that responded to needs both great and small with generosity and dignity.
A country that was blessed with much and gave much in return.
A country that acknowledged wrongs and sought to bring justice.
We strove to be about better things.
May it be so again and forever.
May God bless America again (and you as well) as we follow Him.