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No Jousting on Independence Day?

Won’t it be exciting to attend the jousting this weekend. Wait? What? No Jousting?

On June 30th, 1559, King Henry II of France was celebrating his daughter’s wedding and that they were at peace with the Habsburgs. It was jousting! This would be his final match, as he was struck by a lance fragment to the head, which caused him to die a few days later. The death of a king was part of the motivation that caused jousting to be fazed out.

Today, July 1, is one of Canada’s most important national holidays. It’s called Dominion Day because on July 1, 1967, the Dominion of Canada was formerly created.

I point these out because we feel disassociated from both of these days. Neither effect us. The fact that the Battle of Gettysburg started on July 1, 1863 and became a turning point in the Civil War, doesn’t have much effect on us today.

Admit it, you were not thinking about the Battle of Gettysburg, right? And that had impact on us. You learned Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Right? Or, did you think that he just received mail at that address? See, no Gettysburg holiday.

I write this blog as the last, before July 4. It’s a day that means something to us. Partly because we all have off. But, most importantly, it’s Independence Day. The anniversary of the Second Continental Congress who adopted the Declaration of Independence that declared that the American Colonies were free and Independent states. Clearly, that has impact on us today!

So, there will be no jousting on the 4th, but we have lots to celebrate!

Have a great weekend and a great Independence Day!!!!!! These are the good days and it’s only going to get better!

And a holiday of independence causes me to go a bit pic o’ crazy…

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And finally….

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Our Independence!

I was looking across the history books and saw that July 4 is a date with a lot of activity. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. OK, maybe that doesn’t qualify as history. July 4th is the date that France offered the Statue of Liberty!

I find it quite ironic that July 4, 1826, is the day that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died. History has recorded some great back-and-forth between those two.

Jefferson died on that date at age 83. The night before, he knew death was close and gathered his family around his bed and uttered, “I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul without fear, to my God, my daughter, to my country”.

That night, he woke at 8pm and asked his doctor whether it was yet the fourth. His doctor replied, “it soon will be”. Jefferson obviously placed great importance on July 4th and lived until one-o’clock in the afternoon the next day. He had made it!

As to Adams, his last words were “independence forever” and then he exclaimed that, “Thomas Jefferson survives”. Adams had also made it to that date that was so important to him and referenced his political opponent… not knowing that Jefferson had passed away a few hours earlier.

July 4 was important to them just as it is important to us. An acknowledgement of our independence.

This is my last blog until Monday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a special July 4th.

God bless America!

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Happy Birthday, U.S.

     D.L. Moody tells the story of a young boy that was raised in an English orphanage, in the 1800’s. He had never learned to read or write except that he knew the letters of the alphabet.

     One day, a minister came by the orphanage and told the children that if they prayed to God when they were in trouble, he would send help.

     After a time, the boy was old enough by work standards then, to be apprenticed to a farmer. He was sent out into the field to find the farmer’s sheep. Since this was something new to him, he was having a hard time. He remembered what the minister had said about how God would help him.

     A man walking by the hedge, heard a voice. He look behind the hedge and saw the boy on his knees, saying, “A, B, C, D” with the remaining alphabet.

     The man asked the boy what he was doing. The boy looked up from his prayer and said to the man that he was praying.  The man looked at him and said, “That’s not praying. you’re just saying the alphabet”. 

     The little boy told the man what the minister had said about praying for help. He said that he wasn’t exactly sure what to say in his prayer, but if he named the letters of the alphabet,  he figured that God would put them together and know what he wanted.

     When the wording of the Declaration of Independence was formally approved on July 4, the thirteen colonies were saying “No More” to the British Empire. They concluded the document with the following:

     “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each  other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” 

    Today, we see a nation that is politically divided. I sometimes feel a bit helpless as I watch gas prices and the rocky economy. When reflecting on those events in 1776, it also should cause us to say a prayer for our country.

     With the current events, I feel a bit like the little boy. I’m not sure what to pray. It’s a good time to just pray for help.

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