Today our nation is again celebrating its independence from the land of fish and chips. In the Lord's prayer we are taught to pray for our daily bread, which Luther teaches also includes things like good government. Among the first article gifts of our heavenly Father, good government is certainly a great blessing, and we have a good government. Our constitution is, indeed, the best form of government under the sun.
What a privelege it is to be an American. What a privelege to enjoy the great freedoms this country recognizes as having been given by God. While there are many problems and inconsistencies in the way our governement actually governs, we are far better off than anyone living in any other nation.
May God continue to bless our nation and guarentee to us its freedoms.
Almighty God, who blesses mankind with good things and has established the gift of government without any merit or worthiness on our part that we may enjoy peace and tranquility, grant your continued blessings to the United States of America, its leaders, and its institutions, and by your mercy give those who govern us wisdom and resolve to lead us in justice, truth and peace, that our country and its leaders may, by your grace, conform to the purposes for which you have established the office of human government; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.