Thoughts for the Journey by Pastor Ray “Initiatives, Musings, and Grace”

4th of July Week

“The 4th of JULY.” What a great reason to celebrate, with family, community, and even country. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights-that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Wrote the authors of the declaration of independence.

John’s Gospel reminds us of what Jesus came for and what he gives us, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” I would hope that now and again we might pause and reflect on life, not in general, but specifically. What is it about your life that you celebrate, what is it  about you that you celebrate, what is it about you that is gift to the rest of us. Often times we are far to hard on ourselves, and forget just how unique and special we are. If we are to celebrate liberty, and pursue happiness, then we need to learn to celebrate the self.

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July week, celebrating with family, community, and country, embracing the gift of you and the abundant life Jesus gives.

Peace. Joy, and Love.