Grandparents

by Charles R. Swindoll

 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: Psalm 78:6

Isn’t God good? So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Generation after generation He provides a fresh set of grandparents . . . an ever-present counterculture in our busy world. Lest everyone else get so involved they no longer stop to smell the flowers or watch tiny ants hard at work, these special adults are deposited into our life-style account. They’ve made enough errors to understand that perfectionism is a harsh taskmaster and that self-imposed guilt is a hardened killer. They could be superb instructors, but their best lessons are caught, not taught. Their Christianity is seasoned, filtered through the tight weave of realism, heartache, loss, and compromise. Jesus is not only their Lord, He’s their Friend and long-time Counselor. Like a massive tree, they provide needed shade, they add beauty to the landscape, and they don’t mind being used. They’re there. Even if not much is happening, they are there.

Religious Freedom

1 Peter 2:17a   Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.

On this Independence Day we should be on our knees thanking God for all He has given us.

The United States is a country in which everyone has an equal opportunity. Thank God for a country where there is no caste or class to keep a man from going to the top. If a man has a will to work and study, he can go ahead regardless of his background.

In addition, thank God, He has given us freedom of religion. Whatever you may believe, no one can close your church because your religion does not coincide with his. A few people meeting in a small, out-of-the-way shack, worshiping God as they believe in Him, have the same right to religious freedom as the people who worship God in the great cathedrals on the avenues of our greatest cities.

Prayer for the day: Thank You, God, for allowing me to live in the greatest, grandest, and most free land the world has ever known.