I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day for all of the Americans out there! I don't know about your community, but we had people camping out already on Monday to get a good view of the fireworks on Wednesday night. Our city has a "Big Bang" fireworks show that is quite the show. People come from all over to see this. It is pretty spectacular, but I don't think I'd camp out to see them.
Our family usually spends the 4th of July Up North at our cabin, but because of Grandma's health, we could not leave town. It's also Grandma's birthday, so it was kind of a weird holiday for us. My brother and sister-in-law came up and brought my little nephew, Patrick. This cutie loved every part of the holiday, which he should. It's awesome. There was a parade and more fireworks and BBQ. Essential parts to a good 4th of July!
I know that holidays, in general, can be really stressful for some people. Usually, I'm not one of those people, but like I said, this holiday was kind of weird for us. I can't even tell you the mix of emotions that we all had in one day. It was celebratory with a cloud hanging over it. Just weird.
Thankfully, I ran across this Bible passage earlier in the week:
Philippians 4:5b-6 says, “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”It seems funny to ask for peace when the 4th of July is known for it's parades full of high school bands and booming fireworks and boisterous picnics. But peace is what we've been asking for a lot lately. I think it's one of the best things that you can ask for because it's what everyone could use.
Praying for peace for everyone and that you had a wonderful holiday!