A few things for which to be grateful this July 4:
- I can vote.
- I can get a driver’s license.
- Thanks to federal grants and a scholarship, I was able to get a college education.
- Most of my adult life, I’ve managed to be employed.
- I can worship God according to my conscience, desire, and faith tradition.
- I can assemble with other people to have a big meal in the park, to sing songs, to play and relax, or to discuss whatever we want.
- My great-great-grandparents came to this country to farm and work in the coal mines—thanks to them, here I am, in this country, living my life.
- My history is full of family stories, holidays with loved ones, lessons from grandparents, parents, and aunts and uncles.
- I have lived in Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois and have traveled to all the continental states, if only to pass through.
- I have known friends, family, colleagues, and members of faith communities who have gone through tough times and survived and thrived.
- Although I live in a huge city, people will still smile, say hello, and help you out.
Those are a few random thoughts from me. What does your list look like?
A few things for which I dream this July 4:
- Healthcare for every person who needs it.
- A political system that is no longer controlled by the highest bidders.
- A church that, above all, “acts justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God.”
- A robust conversation among faith groups across the spectrum of traditions.
- A safe home and neighborhood for every child.
- Good nutrition and education for every child.
- Equal rights to become a reality in every situation and for every person.
- More and more Christians who, like St. Ignatius, make it their driving passion to love God and “help souls.”
How about your list?