“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.”– National Park Service
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” – Abraham Lincoln
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32
“From afar most of the statue is simply a single, vertical thrust. But then the shoulder, the arm and the torch create a second line, subtly diagonal, up and forward into the air. When I e-mailed a photo of my apartment’s view to a London friend, she replied, ‘From that angle, she looks as if she’s trying to hail a cab.’ That’s not what Liberty fans want to hear, yet it catches an essential point: urgency. Especially seen in profile from across the water, Liberty’s shoulder and raised arm project a striking tension. She is always both vigilant and proclamatory.” – ALASTAIR MACAULAY, The New York Times
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” – 1 Peter 2:13-17
“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.” – Irving Berlin
In spite of the political back and forth, in spite of the broken systems, in spite of whether we agree or not, thanks God for freedom. Thank you that I can educate children. Thank you that I can worship you without fear of death or persecution. Thank you that women have a voice. Thank you for a military that vigilantly serves. Thank you for your provision, for your grace, for true freedom that’s in you.