I love America. I love the story of how America came to be. I love knowing that America was divinely ordained as a land of God, a land of freedom, a land of opportunity. I love America, despite the problems that beset her, despite her sometimes corrupt leaders.
I know: I'm being sappy. I can't help it. Each Fourth of July, I watch movies about patriotism, courage, and
heroes. I carry the images in my mind of my father in his Navy uniform when he served in the Pacific Theatre in Worldl War II. I think of the brothers he lost during the War. And I revere those who served and are now serving our country, to defend us from our enemies, to preserve our way of life.
Joy for today: being an American.