Fourth of July means freedom

Crist Langelett
The Chaplain’s Corner

It is fun to reminisce about special days. We have coffee hour from about 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays in our senior building. The women sit around a couple of tables and the men sit around a few more tables. Sometimes the conversations involve years gone by. Directly or indirectly we all learn something about each other’s past.

Some of our men grew up on the east side of St. Paul. This always has special significance for me. That is where my wife, Norma grew up. She and some others went to Johnson High School and then some in our group went to Harding High. A few went to Hill Murray or some other private school. Then there are those from White Bear Lake, Stillwater and Cottage Grove.

We just celebrated the great holiday, July 4. I am thankful that we can and hopefully do celebrate several kinds of freedom. It just came to my mind how we marched by company, platoon and squad, in the parade grounds in the military.

We can enjoy parades and fireworks in our local towns and cities. These are reminders of our freedom. Most of us likely forget that much of the world does not have the level of freedom that we do. Hopefully when we look back, we will remember that freedom is a gift from God. When we sing, “God Bless America,” let’s remember that He has, is, and pray that He will continue to bless America. We can each be a part of God’s blessing America.

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