From John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States (the Declaration of Independence was signed by most on July 2nd):
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
I agree with President Adams and thank God for the truly magnificent blessings he has graciously, generously, and overwhelmingly poured out on America. As someone who has lived overseas and traveled the world extensively, it’s almost embarrassing to think of the riches and peace we have compared to other nations. God, forgive us of any pride in that, because our country was founded upon your truths and that is why we prosper.
We are not perfect and have not always handled or appreciated your blessings appropriately, so I thank you for your mercy, too. Thank you for all you have done, all you are doing now, and I ask you to continue to lead, guide, and bless the United States of America.