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
Society tells us to voice our opinions, take a stand by lobbying for our beliefs, and "Rock the Vote." But few in society tell us that how we engage in politics plays just as important a role as what we lobby for, especially in a self-governing society. And just as the Spirit of Party impacts … Continue reading Rock the Spirit of Party, not just the Vote.
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
In a moment of desperation, Charlie Brown cried out the now immortal request, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” Responding to his despondent inquiry, Linus took center stage and recited the passage from Saint Luke recounting the birth of Jesus. And in doing this, Linus pointed Christmas back to God’s gift of … Continue reading Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty
As if on cue, three minutes before 10:00 am three geese flew in formation down the length of the reflecting pool towards the Lincoln Memorial. And with the precision of an ordered military flyover, a whole flock in a perfect V then performed the same flyover to the roaring applause of the crowd. With nature … Continue reading Restoring Honor – 8/28