This morning, I read in Isaiah 57 how God "lives in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit."
On a day when we celebrate the greatness and independence of our nation, I wonder about the greatness that comes through the deep sorrow--the contrition--we feel over wrongdoing, injustice, and shortcoming. I wonder about the beauty of lowly spirits that come humbly before God to thank Him for our country, declaring not independence, but absolute dependence, on God's great mercy and love.
We declare dependence with a contrite and lowly spirit.
Happy 4th of July!