As we approach Independence Day in this nation, I ponder the freedoms we all take for granted. We still have the freedom of speech and worship in America. We have the freedom to buy and sell in the marketplace. We have the freedom to pretty much come and go as we please.
In our everyday world we take simple physical movements for granted. In the life of a quadriplegic, freedom of movement is extremely limited. Freedom to turn yourself over in bed at night or freedom to walk with a friend are just a few precious lost liberties. As we think of those unable to fully use their arms and legs, may we seriously consider ways we may reach out to those who have lost their freedom of mobility. Are we willing to be their arms, hands and feet by serving them?
As we celebrate July 4th, may God help us to see both our independence as a gift along with our interdependence as His creation. May we not only cherish this gift of freedom but also freely advocate for those less fortunate.