Happy Independence Day!

American flag with fireworks

This weekend, we will celebrate 239 years of American independence. The United States has been through many wars and civil conflicts, 44 different presidents, four different centuries, and the transitions from travel by ground and sea to air and space itself. Much of the change has come in only a short period of time. One traveling through time from the 1700s to now would hardly recognize what the world has become. Even a time traveler from the late 1800s or early 1900s would find little they could recognize.

Not only has the appearance of the world changed because of technology, but the attitudes of its citizens has changed as well. With the advent of the internet, computers, and smart phones we have the world at our fingertips. We all expect information to be here and now. One doesn't have to wait to hear what has happened across the country and across the world. It no longer takes weeks and months to travel across seas and continents and we can connect instantly with someone who is literally a world away. The lines between continents and cultures have blurred. Even though relatives and friends have moved across continents and seas, we can communicate with each other in an instant, with just the touch of a finger.

It is our hope, this Independence Day, that you will stop and reflect on the blessings that have been bestowed and the freedoms that we so often take for granted.

Happy July 4th!