God-given liberty for all

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

During this time of year, many Americans will celebrate a day of national independence. I believe the Fourth of July is not just a time for fireworks and barbecues, but for reflection. It is a day of remembrance, a day to rejoice in our freedom.

My husband serves as a United States Marine, and our family will celebrate this day joyously. As I write this, I’m sitting in my yard, staring at a garden flag that reads, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17). I hear the delightful laughter of my children in the background and can’t help but be appreciative of the liberty that we have as American citizens. But after all, there’s more to liberty than being free to choose your profession, car, house, location. These are only the material things.

I’ve learned the things that are of the most importance are never the material, but the spiritual. I reread my garden flag yet again, with focus on the first part, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is.” And I thought “But where isn’t God?” The “scientific statement of being” from Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health says, in part, “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.”

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