Random Thoughts About the 4th

05 Jul
  • It’s ironic that we celebrate our freedom by making the entire neighborhood sound like it’s under attack.
  • South Kansas City-ians are way into fireworks. It’s insane. I thought it couldn’t get any more intense than the Okies I used to live around. It can. It does. It did last night.
  • It was cool to see the sky lit up with fireworks — sparkling, glittering explosions with thunderous reports. However, I couldn’t help but think that this was all going to look really, really lame when the sky gets lit up by an entirely different Light to the sound of a trumpet…
  • No matter how fancy our technology gets — iPods, Wii, HDTV — no matter how advanced and civilized we consider ourselves to be, we all still like toodling outside at night to watch things explode. Just a quick reality check.
  • I thought about our nation’s independence differently today than I have ever done in the past. As I was watching fireworks blow up in the sky, I thought of Daniel 2:20-22… “[God] removes kings and raises up kings.” Our nation’s existence is not primarily due to the colonial rebellion, but the sovereignty of God. Selah.

3 responses to “Random Thoughts About the 4th

  1. brian

    July 5, 2007 at 8:00 am


  2. Steve Bunkoff

    July 5, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    It bothered me a little that I had to spend 1/2 hour picking up the burned out carcasses of fireworks in my lawn this morning. And, I have to take my cat to the shrink because she’s taumatized by last night’s “invasion”. It reminded me of the Scriptures where Paul admonishes us not to allow our freedoms to offend others. (Not that I’m offended) Like my neighbors, I’m sure that most of the time we don’t even know we’re offending. I want to walk in perfect freedom – yet be sensitive to others because of love.

  3. Christine

    July 6, 2007 at 4:57 am

    Our neighborhood does have this special ability to morph into something resembling a war zone around the fourth of July. The smell. The sounds. The blurry smoke-filled sky.

    I am still sticking to my declaration that I am not all that excited about fireworks. I mean… I did drive 45 minutes to go and lay on a soggy blanket (a perfectly arrayed picnic for the mosquitoes) just to watch sparkly explosions in the sky. But the fireworks had little to do with any of that. Matthias’ firework impression was just as good as the stuff that left that hideous mass of puppy-killing smoke behind.


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