Fornado Ortega’s lyrics sing in my head as my good day begins.
Morning sun, morning glories pouring down the hill
Through my window I can feel the ocean breeze
Noisy sparrows fill the oak trees, swallows can’t stay still
And in the glad commotion, Lord, You speak to me
If rain clouds come or the cold winds blow
You’re the one who goes before me and in my heart I know
That this good day, it is a gift from You. The world is turning in its place
Because You made it to
I lift my voice to sing a song of praise on this good day
On this July 4, the day the United State celebrates her independence, I am thankful for the blessings of being an American citizen and for this good day. I have been endowed with God-given inalienable rights. He is the One who gives life and liberty.
I count these gifts:
For waking in my own house on my own little piece of land where I live in peace.
For neighbors who do acts of kindness for us out of the goodness of their hearts.
For a house full of appliances making my life easier (especially after a day without electricity, land land and internet).
For bird song waking the morning, their unique beauty giving Sweet William and me simple pleasure.
For flowers growing in the gardens, simple offerings from packets of seed.
For the grandness of trees offering shade, blowing with the winds, speaking to me of resilience and strength.
For children playing in the yard next door, their innocence, trust, gladness and joy.
For church and fellowship, for the people who care, pray, and welcome us with glad hearts and smiles.
For music and singing and books and the Holy Word, and for a mind to understand and a voice to praise.
For freedom, the gift God gave first to Adam and Eve, and for His forgiveness when we abuse that liberty.
May I see with clarity the responsibility of freedom.
May I choose righteousness over unrighteousness.
May I serve with a willing heart.
May I give honor where honor is due and treat others with respect.
May I love like Christ loved all peoples.
May I walk worthy to be called a Christian and an American.