It wafts down through the lowlands, like a cool refreshing breeze

It rings from every mountaintop and dances through the trees.

Though we cannot touch it, it must be held onto.

No man shall take it from us, it belongs to me and you.


It is challenged on the battlefields, too well we know the cost.

Way too many gave their lives, that it would not be lost.

Through the words of our Constitution, it runs just like a thread.

With God’s grace, we’ll protect it, and defend it till we’re dead.


I guess if it had a color, it’d be red, white and blue…

The colors of America….the brave, the tried, the true.

If perhaps you’re wondering, just what it could be….

It’s the backbone of America….We call it LIBERTY!


We should all be thankful for liberty and pay tribute to those who fought a revolution in order to secure it for America.

The liberty we celebrate today began on July 4, 1776 with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  On August 2, 1776 fifty-six men signed this document and the United States of America became free from the rule of Great Briton.  Each man who signed was well aware of the danger to them and their families.  All of them sacrificed their lives, lost loved ones, homes, and finances. Some were farmers, statesmen, wealthy land owners…some well-known, and others seldom heard of before or since, but we owe each a debt of gratitude for their bravery and sacrifice in order to obtain and preserve freedom and independence.

It was with much prayer, determination, and a great desire for freedom that America fought for its rights as a nation…and we still fight today to protect these freedoms.  We fight as our fathers did, not only for our rights as a nation, but for individual freedom to live and worship as we please.  It was God who gave us these certain unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Today America is in much need of repentance and a desire to return to the original goals of our founders, as scripture says in 2 Col. 7: 14.  It is time for us, as God’s people, to humble ourselves…that means forget about pride and what anyone else thinks and admit we need help.  We must pray and seek God’s face.  Most of all we must turn away from our wicked ways; stop believing what politicians tell us and seek God’s truth.  Only when we do this individually, will God hear our prayers and heal our land. Only with God can real life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness begin.

I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day!

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My name is Betty Fritz. I was born and raised in Texas but have resided in Elkhart, Indiana for the last 25 years. My husband is a Hoosier so that’s how we wound up here. We have two daughters and a son plus 6 grand kids…..3 boys and 3 girls. I retired last year after working for 24 years at Elkhart Child Development Center. I’ve been writing since a teenager and have taken several writing courses. I enjoy writing short stories. I wrote a book of poems, RHYMES OF THE TIMES, which was published a few years ago. I have written countless songs, a few for which demo recordings have been made. Recently I’ve been writing blogs..most of them about my faith and things the Lord has taught me in my Christian life over the last 51 years. My inspiration comes from my personal relationship with Jesus Christ and my desire to see that my grandchildren grow up in a Christian nation. My goal is to bring glory to Him and help others to see that there is POWER in the name of JESUS!

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