The Harvesters

Happy 4th of July





Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is the day in 1776 that we declared our independence from Great Britain. The 4th is usually filled with fun outdoor activities such as, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family gatherings and culminates in a wondrous display of fireworks. It is a great day of celebration!

Often discussed is whether our founding fathers established the guidelines of our nation, “Under God.” One example of many that makes it clear of their intention is a prayer by George Washington---

President George Washington wrote a prayer addressed to "O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ" and ended it with this: "Let me live according to those Holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word. Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Bless O Lord all the people of this land."

As Christians we are strong believers that our great country follows the tradition that, “IN GOD WE STILL TRUST.” It is so encouraging that all of this dates back to our founding patriots. They read the Bible. They prayed to God and they worshipped God. We are so blessed to still maintain religious freedom in this great nation! We give thanks to our amazing military, past and present, for their selfless actions throughout all the years. Their service has allowed us to maintain our distinctive homeland, the land of the free, as penned in our National Anthem,

The Star Spangled Banner:

 Oh! Thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand,

 Between their loved homes and the war's desolation,

 Blest with victory and peace, may the Heav'n - rescued land,

 Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

 Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

 And this be our motto - "In God is our trust."

 And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,

 O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


What a heritage that has been passed on to us! What a treasure we have to encourage our decisions at this disturbing time in history. Yes, America's true patriotism is God-based for it is totally reliant on His provisions for our liberties to continue! Without Him, we are nothing.

May we pause on this day to reflect upon the significant role that God plays in our lives; give praise to Him for His many blessings and pray for our nation and for each other.

HAPPY 4th of JULY! Enjoy all of the fun and activities and be safe.

May God bless you all is our prayer,

Danny, Allen, Mark and Tommy