Happy Independence Day

Photo by Ryan, Venice Beach Fireworks show

To all my friends and family here in the United States, Happy Independence Day! I am publishing this late because we just got back from enjoying the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen. I waited to write a post, so I could add pictures and video from the show. They launched the fireworks from the jetty near Venice Beach, and we were standing right next to the launch site. We had a front row view, and we could feel the explosions in our chests. It was a beautiful and powerful display of Patriotic love for our country and we had a great time.

Our country is 245 years old today, and Americans all across America are celebrating freedom with joy in our hearts. As a nation, we are not perfect and we have many sins we need to repent from. We are also divided on many issues, and we desperately need God’s love and healing to flow through us all. Despite our problems, we as believers are called to love our neighbor. This whole country is our neighbor, and I love this country with all my heart.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:37-40

May we never give up on loving each other and praying for our country. You cannot love your neighbor if you hate your country. We can hate the sinful direction many in our country are pushing for, but that is not the direction everyone wants. Always love our country and never give up praying that the Lord will lead many more to repentance. Never give up praying for righteousness and healing to spread through our land.

This is still a country full of God’s mercy and blessings, and He still loves us. We are still a free people, and we must fight the good fight to remain free and honor all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Never give up standing up for righteousness, truth, and holiness. Never give up standing strong in God’s Holy Word. Nothing is impossible for God, and He can and will unleash great blessings on our nation as we seek Him and turn from sin.

As I watched the awesome fireworks show tonight, my heart swelled with love for my country, and I was reminded that we still have plenty of fight left in us to make things right. Keep preaching the Gospel, keep loving your neighbor, and keep standing strong in God’s truth. May His love never grow cold in our hearts. May it always burn brightly for His glory!

Check out this video from the finale of the show. I pray it encourages you to love our country and be thankful for the great freedom we enjoy every day.

Video by Ryan, Fireworks finale

God bless America, and may America bless God!

Grace and peace to you all!

Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright Β© 2023 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

59 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day”

      1. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
        Isaiah 57:15

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  1. Thanks a lot sir for sharing such stupendous fire works.Yes freedom is a matter of great joy and pride.Strive to achieve the unachievable by means of prayers and mortifications.May the Mighty Lord continue to bless you all and the Nation to be merciful to humanity irrespective of caste, creed,status and religion as you have been doing since centuries.Wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Independence Day.Take care.πŸ’πŸŒ·πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—πŸ™πŸŒΉπŸŽΊπŸŽ·πŸŽ‚

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  2. Happy Independence Day! πŸ™Œ
    The firework display was fantastic – no wonder you were cheering! I would have been too and I’m a Brit. πŸ˜€

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  3. Ryan, I’ve never seen such a finale! I’ve watched many fireworks shows, but nothing that ends as good as that! Coupled with your encouraging message (it brought tears to my eyes) this is an amazing spark to solidify our faith! My freedom comes from Christ alone! May our friendship, loved ones, strangers, and entire race of people find true freedom! God bless you and yours! Thank you so much.

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  4. Loved, loved, loved your post!! Happy 4th of July to you, too, and thank you for writing this, Ryan, your thoughts on loving our neighbor and country, having God in our lives and in our country is a beautiful sentiment on celebrating our Independence Day and you are right on…Amen! Sure glad you saw the fireworks, what an awesome display! Thanks for sharing your photos (so good!) and the video, β€œMy gosh, the fireworks were really something!!!” My prayers continue for our country and each other, no better place to live in the world.

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  5. Amen!! Great encouraging post Ryan!!
    Love what you said here: β€˜As I watched the awesome fireworks show tonight, my heart swelled with love for my country, and I was reminded that we still have plenty of fight left in us to make things right.’

    Awesome video, I love the palm trees showing up against the light of the fireworks too! Incredible display!

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  6. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t get to see the fireworks this year. Idk why we didn’t go, just didn’t. I do so enjoy them. I really appreciate that you took the time to video them for all of your readers. Gid bless you and your family.

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  7. This is a little late. Beautiful pictures but I heard there is a new drug for celiac disease even though it is in early trials. I wish the best for your health!

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  8. Ryan, thank you for sharing. The fireworks were awesome, some of the prettiest I’ve seen. I haven’t been able to see them for a few years due to health reasons. This felt just like being there! Thank you again.
    Praying you are doing better.

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