A father and his young daughter went to see the statue of Liberty and heard the story of this gift to the United States by France.
That night the girl said, "Daddy, I'm thinking of the beautiful lady out there all by herself. Shouldn't we be helping Miss Liberty hold up her lamp in the dark?
Her question was indeed valid. Miss Liberty does need our help.
Patriotism and respect for decency must be taught continually. Each generation must rekindle in its youth the allegiance to our flag, reverence for those in our nation's past and a desire for purity in life. We must make personal decisions that will ensure a wholesome environment and future.
How do we preserve our political and religious heritages for future generations? By example. Our love for this nation and our appreciation to God who gave us this nation need to be paraded on Independence day and all year long.
A formula in existence five centuries before Christ can bring refreshing to this land and renewal to our souls: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14.)
(Submitted by Pastor Dave Ross with the Craig Assembly of God Church. For information of this year's celebration, call 824-8224.)