Oh, my glorious God, behold, the wonder of the heavens and the earth. How Thou hast given us mortals so much and yet we do not comprehend all Thy wonderous glories. We ask Thee to help us become better citizens and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We ask Thee to help us follow Thee and the path that leads to freedom. We thank Thee for the Declaration of Independence. We thank Thee for this inspired document. We thank Thee for the inspired United States Constitution and for the men and women who fought in so many ways for the freedom of their country from all other nations. We give Thee thanks and are thankful for those patriots who fought even when they felt ill. We are thankful they were willing to give up their lives, and fortunes for the cause of freedom. We thank Thee for the patriots of old and for those patriots who are amongst us today. We thank Thee for Thy Divine role in the founding documents of America. We thank Thee for our citizenship which is a sacred honor. We give thanks because –
- The Declaration of Independence immediately refers to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
- In the second paragraph, the Founding Fathers refer to God as “Creator” and describe the natural “rights” that God endowed to all women and men: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- The last paragraph says, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine providence.”
- The final mention of the Divine is “we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and sacred honor.”
Leviticus 25:10 (Old Testament) And ye shall … proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.