This Independence Day we will celebrate 241 years since the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. Most Americans will go about celebrating the 4th much in the same way they always have. The scent of grilled burgers and hots dogs will fill neighborhoods and fireworks will spatter the evening sky with brilliant colors … Continue reading Fireworks, Hot Dogs, and Yellow Umbrellas
Today we remember the ultimate sacrifice of generations of Americans, from days of the Revolutionary war to the military actions following the gruesome attacks on 9/11. President Abraham Lincoln rightly stated, “in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here … Continue reading Thoughts on Memorial Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. once described how he and his brother drove one evening where very few oncoming drivers dimmed their lights. Understandably frustrated, Dr. King’s brother declared that he would leave his lights on full strength the next time a driver failed to dim his lights. Dr. King quickly responded by stating, “Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.” If we want to live in a society that carries on meaningful conversations about pressing political issues, we must again heed Dr. King’s timeless wisdom and begin to dim the lights.
The old saying goes, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” While the originator of this saying may not have been contemplating politicians, or the Donald Trump bird (Yes, there is a bird that now has this distinction), it is my general … Continue reading Don’t Feed the Birds of Capitol Hill
As I walked around the base of Capitol Hill this past Friday and I looked down the national lawn, I thought about the significance of the 4th of July. Thinking about the monuments that line the city itself, my mind wandered to a story about the Hebrew leader Joshua. In the book of Joshua, we … Continue reading The Fourth of July: “What do these American stones mean?”
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to work in a Congressional District office. Of all the opportunities such work has afforded me, one of the most humbling has been to meet a family who's son died in Afghanistan while serving in our military. I met the young man's mother and father, … Continue reading Memorial Day: A Sacrifice Embraced with a Promise
For the last day and a half, I have been pondering the idea of Thanksgiving as a holiday. Most people understand it as a day to show gratefulness for the many good things we enjoy. We also understanding it as a day of fellowship with family and friends, often accompanied by turkey and stuffing. But … Continue reading The Stuffing of Thanksgiving