Can you believe it? 2011 is half over now. I know that I'm not the only one who is thinking that Someone wound the clock too tightly this year, and it's now unwinding much too quickly. Projects like P365, blogging, and scrapbooking help us to pause, consider, and give thanks in the midst of the busy-ness of our lives.
In the United States, tomorrow is Independence Day, our nation's birthday. There will be fireworks displays, neighborhood BBQs, parades, block parties, speeches, picnics, and red-white-and-blue cakes, popsicles, ice cream.
Our Canadian friends just celebrated Canada Day with many of the same festivities, and the French will have Bastille Day soon, too. Our friends down under will have to wait a bit for their next Australia Day, however. In most of the world, each country will celebrate its heritage in some festive way.
These holidays are wonderful reminders of our responsibilities as dual citizens, having citizenship in both our earthly nation and in the Kingdom of God. We are reminded to be good citizens here, to pray for our fellow citizens and for those in authority over us, that they might be wise, courageous, and righteous:
Whether or not we agree with the views and actions of those in authority, whether or not those actions are righteous, God's Word is clear, stating that authority was given them by Him: