Happy Independence Day

The 4th of July is one of my busiest and longest work days. This year involved three Centerstage performances, five TV interviews, 17+ hours of work and 20 minutes of glorious fireworks all in one day. And that doesn’t include the three days of interviews, performances and events leading up to yesterday. Oh please don’t let that sound like complaining. I loved every minute of those 17 hours! Planning this event is a privilege and knowing that it is the center of 50,000+ people’s 4th of July tradition warms my heart. But I would do it for only one. I would do it to see the awestruck smile spread across just one face as the first firework explodes over our heads.

Standing under a sky full of dazzling lights last night I was reminded once again that freedom isn’t free. The price is paid in the currency of sacrificial lives so that we can stand together and sing with confidence, “I am proud to be an American!” We are free because men and women have stood in the gap for us.

In the same way, two thousand years ago Christ paid for our spiritual freedom with the sacrifice of His life on the cross. He died that we may receive the truth found in Romans 8:1-2.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death. 

We are free in so many ways. And that is something to celebrate.


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