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Matthew 5:44-46a But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?
As an African American woman—in light of American exceptionalism and the history of this country—I’ve often felt ambivalent about this national holiday. I enjoy the fireworks and picnics that often accompany the day, gathering with family and friends to celebrate the ideals of freedom. In the Church, we are still working out our own salvation; in this country, we are still forming a more perfect union.
MOVING FORWARD: What/how will you celebrate today? What will you pray for?