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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