Anxious moments

Matthew 11:16-19, 35-30; Romans 7:15-25a

Most years, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with hot dogs and homemade ice cream. Most years, we mention justice, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when the fireworks paint red, white and blue across the evening sky and the ice cream is finally ready to eat. But since the events of 2001, American Independence Day observances have a decidedly different tone. This year at our cookouts, “The Star Spangled Banner” won’t be served up with dessert as an afterthought, but offered as the main course.


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