Tourists elbowed their way to the boat’s deck. The excited murmur grew, and cameras flashed as the Statue of Liberty came into view. As I drew closer to the railing of the boat to get a better glimpse of the towering edifice, an unexpected lump formed in my throat.
What went through the minds of the boat-loads of immigrants when they first saw Lady Liberty? Did they fight tears like me? What hopes and dreams welled up in their hearts as they approached the shores of New York?
The continued buzz of tourists around didn’t distract me as I drank in the majesty of this symbol of hope and new life. When the engines revved and the boat moved away from the island, I still stood at the prow of the boat. A deep thankfulness filled me as I thought about the privilege of living in this land, where “all men are created equal,… [and] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” The moisture from the spray wasn’t the only reason my cheeks were wet as I thanked God for the freedom that is America, and for those who pay the price to ensure our continued “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
For what are you thankful this 4th of July?
May God continue to bless our land!