This evening, after our family cookout, there was a rainbow in the sky. My son has seen very few rainbows in his life, so every time he sees one it is a big deal. He ran outside with his digital camera to capture the moment. Having grown up in church, a rainbow always reminds me that God keeps his promises. The rainbow was placed in the sky by God as a symbol of his promise that he would never again use water to destroy mankind (Genesis 9:11-17). It seemed so incredibly appropriate that on Memorial Day, a memorial of God should appear in the sky. The freedom we have in this country is a gift of God. In fact, our founding fathers believed that as well — just read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, part of which says, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” A popular phrase by those who support our military forces is “Freedom isn’t free,” referring to the cost in the lives of American servicemen who have died to keep our country free. This is a striking illustration of God’s gift of salvation. Our freedom as Christians wasn’t free. It was bought by the blood of Jesus Christ. He suffered brutal punishment and public humiliation to die so that you and I could have eternal life. God has been so good to us. Take time to thank Him for what He’s done for you today.
Thank you, dear Father, for the precious gift of salvation, giving me the privilege to come into your presence with my petitions and to some day join you in heaven. Thank you for this wonderful nation and the freedom I enjoy, as an American, as a Christian, and as a woman. Be merciful to us and please restore America to being a Christian nation, under God. Amen.
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