Two hundred and forty-one years ago tomorrow America’s founding fathers approved the document we know as the Declaration of Independence. “Decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”, they wrote, and listed 27 acts of “absolute tyranny over these States”.
Their bold argument for “independence” was rooted in a deep sense of dependence. The rights they sought were not simply the work of patriots. They were “endowed by their Creator”. And they signed this Declaration “in a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence”.
There’s something of that same desire for independence in all of us. As caregivers, the causes and constraints we deal with are not the demands of some “tyranny”. But they are constant in their demands. Health and life are at stake. And we can feel that we’ve long-since surrendered our freedom – our lives are no longer our own.
Our Founding Fathers fought to win precious freedoms. Gratefully…we celebrate their sacrifices, and those who still wage freedom’s wars. As caregivers we are partners with our loving, caring LORD, dependant on his strength, his patience, hiscompassion. Signing this “Declaration of Dependence” will never move someone to paint a picture, but heaven…and the one you care for…will see the difference.
Prayer – Teach me today, LORD, some new lesson in dependence on you. Amen.
We send our Canadian friends belated best wishes on this day after their celebration of Canada Day, July 1st.