On Saturday, we will celebrate the Fourth of July. That is our country’s birthday, and there are lots of activities held in our community.
Families have cookouts, go to the parade, visit the park activities and watch the fireworks, just to name a few. If you have a United States flag, I want to get it and look at it closely. If you don’t have a flag, have your parents help you find a picture of it. Look at the colors on the flag. You’ll see red and white stripes and a blue background for the stars.
Have you ever stopped to think what those colors mean?
Red: Red stands for courage. Many men and women have had the courage to stand up and fight for our country. They have defended our country against our enemies and many have died in the service of our country.
White: White stands for purity. Purity means to do what is right. We hope and pray that our country will always stand for what is right.
Blue: Blue stands for justice. When we pledge allegiance to the flag, we end with the words: “With liberty and justice for all.” That means that in our country, everyone should be treated fairly and with respect.
The colors red, white and blue remind me of our country, but those colors also remind me of Jesus.
Red reminds me of Jesus’ blood that was shed when he died on the cross for my sin. That is very important because the Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22)
White reminds me that when I give my heart to Jesus, he washes me and I become as “white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18) The Bible says, “you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 6:10)
Blue reminds me of God’s faithfulness. The Bible tells us that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and make us clean.” (1 John 1:9) God is faithful to keep His promises.
Red, white and blue. Yes, I am reminded of our great country, but I am also reminded of our great Savior, Jesus and His love for us and this country too.
Let’s say a prayer together. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this country and all the men and women who helped to make it great and free. Thank you also for sending Your son Jesus to make us great and free from our sins by dying on the cross and rising again. Please help and bless this country always and bless us all too. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is coordinator of Christian education for First Presbyterian Church of Gallipolis.