A person looking out over mountains
Pause and Pray

Not Independent From Each Other

Jul 4, 2022
Waving American flag


Independence Day is a time for patriotism and picnics, to be sure. A different way to think about this national holiday is to consider what our freedom actually opens up for us. Read between the lines of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and you might be surprised to find the notion of Christian love and fraternity is truly at the root of our great nation.


We are free. That’s an amazing thing to behold,
and we wouldn’t have that freedom
without it being made available to us by you, Lord.

And more than free to simply do what we want,
we are free to love with abandon, to build your kingdom
in the here and now.

We’re free to share and amplify freedom where it is being stifled
by oppression, racism, sexism, or classism.

We’re free to be compassionate, and paradoxically, free to be servants.
It’s what you want us to do. It’s what your Son taught us to do
when he washed the feet of his followers.

Today, we celebrate the beauty that is freedom.
In God we do truly trust.


Is there a part of you that is tethered or restrained from being free? Perhaps there is a relationship that is unhealthy, a lifestyle choice that is holding you back, or some other stumbling block. Think of how freedom from those obstacles might bring you closer to peace and closer to God.

Luminous 30-Day Journal


Wed, 07/06/2022 - 10:10 AM
today i realized as i read these awesome messages that God showed me how many many of my friends cared deeply about me when I was very ill emotionally..just by sending me a card and there heartfelt messages they gave me hope...thank God I also had a loving husband and two wonderful children, All that love kept me from taking my own life. And having these past forty years to enjoy the gift of life---which God has provided since my conception. Know that we are ALL SPECIAL to God !!---Praise His Holy Name !!!

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