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The Fourth of July
is the most significant national holiday
in the United States.
It celebrates the Declaration of Independence,
adopted on 4 July, 1776.
The Thirteen Colonies of America
declared themselves to be states
and no longer part of the British Empire,
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 representatives of thirteen
self-styled states (previously the Thirteen Colonies).
The signatories included future president Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Fourth of July
My insides are turned inside out;
specters of death have me down.
I shake with fear,
I shudder from head to foot.
“Who will give me wings,” I ask—
“wings like a dove?”
Get me out of here on dove wings;
I want some peace and quiet.
I want a walk in the country,
I want a cabin in the woods.
I’m desperate for a change
from rage and stormy weather.
We can all draw close to him …
And with no veil we all become like mirrors
who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus.
We are being transfigured into his very image
as we move from one brighter level of glory to another.
And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
Enter his gates with a song of thanksgiving.
Come into his courtyards with a song of praise.
Give thanks to him; praise his name.
I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens. Abraham Lincoln
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. Thomas S. Monson
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel
O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! William Shakespeare
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. Henry Allen Ironside
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward
Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends. Steven Furtick
He that enjoys naught without thanksgiving is as though he robbed God. Saint John Chrysostom
To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything. Thomas Merton
Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows. Alan Cohen
God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. Edwin Percy Whipple
When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. Kristin Armstrong
Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Melody Beattie
A child of God should be a living doxology for gratitude and adoration. Charles Spurgeon
I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments, gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith. Brené Brown