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American Blessings and Challenges


This summer I’m taking an 8:00 a.m. class at NCSU. As most of you know, I love to learn. I park on a street near State and walk to class.

On my way through the quiet campus, I’ve been thinking about the many blessings of our area. In addition to great colleges and universities, we have excellent medical care. When they go there, our members give Clayton’s hospital great reviews. We also have Clayton’s wonderful charm, the Triangle’s many amenities and an easy drive to North Carolina’s beautiful beaches and mountains. We are blessed to live in a great area in a great country!

One of my online Spanish teachers, who is visiting the US for the first time, told me this is an “extraordinary country.” She has been blown away by people’s friendliness, stores packed with products, amazing buildings, cities’ cleanliness and many opportunities. She “loves the United States!”

Our nation certainly confronts serious social, economic and cultural challenges, too. We are called to do what we can to resolve them. The prophet Amos says, “Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice (5:15).” 

Establishing justice is in the best tradition not only of our faith but also of our great land. On Independence Day, give thanks to our Creator for the liberties, rights and bounty of our extraordinary country and pray for a just society for all.

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