Freedom Can Be So Much More than Celebrating a Holiday

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Celebration of Freedom - Is it more than a holiday?

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July 4th is a monumental date for the United States of America.   Happy Birthday America -- 236 years old!   

 Growing up in North Idaho I can remember the The 4th of July as one day (other than Sundays) that was always sacredly guarded for family and fun.  

 Though it was paramount to our little farm to harvest hay in early July,  my dad and mom always planned some kind of activity that involved our greater community.  We took a day away from putting up the season's hay.

 Usually our little farm was the center of activity and celebration for the day. Occasionally we would plan an all day outing to Lake Coeur d'Alene or Lake Pend Oreille.  Fishing for land locked salmon, water skiing and eating lots of home made food potluck style was the usual celebratory way.  Whether we stayed on the farm or traveled to a lake we always celebrated with family and friends.  

 We sometimes ended the day with a few fireworks and occasionally traveled to Coeur d'Alene for the city firework display,  but neither a holiday outing nor  fireworks were the focus of our celebration.   I remember my dad talking about the concept of liberty and how important freedom was.  His generation was the one that experienced the years of World War II.   It was only after my own years of growing,  and learning about how our nation differed from other nations that I began to appreciate all that my dad was trying to explain.   

 I just finished reading Bonhoeffer  by Eric Metaxas.  It too is a story that springs from the soil of World War II.  The hero of the tale is German,  and he too fought for freedom.  This compelling biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life is a wonderful read on so many different levels.   Bonhoeffer celebrated his freedom daily and he never viewed defending freedom as a chore or a labor.  His dedication to preserving freedom while the vast majority of his fellow countrymen were cowering behind possibly the world's greatest bigot and madman is a testament to the greater power that is available to men when they are willing to humble themselves.  (My dad would have loved the book and would have understood it.)   

 I believe in sharing books.  So if you want to borrow my copy of Bonhoeffer it is available as soon as my wife finishes it.   

  

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Rainer
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Jessica Holtzman
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Thanks for the great blog.  Very timely and lots of great information! Sounds like a good book!

Jul 04, 2012 08:00 AM #1
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
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Paul - beautiful post!  I have suggested and will reblog.  And I will get that book on my Kindle asap - it sounds wonderful.  Thanks for sharing such your memories of the 4th with us,  I believe rural communities have always stopped their labors and gathered together on the 4th (or at least they did in Louisiana!) as a time to remember the cost of freedom and celebrate with family and friends.  My 93 year old father-in-law just told us this week that the 4th was the only day that he can remember HIS father taking off work (other than Sunday).  But he would take the family to the creek with watermelon and home-made ice cream on that day.  And there was no field work.  

 

Jul 04, 2012 08:03 AM #2
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Jessica,

 

Thanks for the comment.  My hope is that you will be able to celebrate true freedom in all you do for the remainder of the year.

Louise,

You are so blessed to still have your grandfather.  We are fortunate to live near our grandchildren and my favorite thing to do is sit them on my lap and tell them stories.  May your life be filled with freedom and joy.  Paul

Jul 04, 2012 08:09 AM #3
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Great post and the title is what caught my eye.  Thanks for sharing.  The 4th is a sign of freedom or a day to celebrate its meaning.  In some cases, the feel of freedom is not there but it is still celebrated.  With me, working as an agent it is a time for me to celebrate, relax and of course here I am on AR!  Then I only take off a very few days a year to really stop and do nothing more than reflect on the true meaning of the day.  All days are good days and we should take a little time out each day and give thanks for our blessing and our freedom.  Thanks for the post.

Jul 04, 2012 08:34 AM #4
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Rosemary,

 

It appears to me you have learned to balance your life and not be consumed by the work of a realtor.  That is so difficult and yet so important to live a healthy life.  Paul

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The 4th of July is just one of the 365 days of the year we should remember the hard fought battles that keep us free. 

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I'm with Cindy. Today is a birthday celebration, yet really only one of the 365 when we should remember the battles fought to give us the privileges we enjoy.

We must not forget that freedom isn't free.

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