While attending the parade in Mount Shasta this weekend, my family and I were struck with small town America and the pride in our flag. Everyone stood for the National Anthem and gazed admirably at the flag held by the color guard. The symbol of American freedom was also displayed on the float with all the Veterans. There were many young people riding the float who have already invested time fighting for freedom against terrorism. Spiritual freedom from sin will come when we experience God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Father, may the symbol of your Word, the Bible, be the focus of our gaze. We desire to speak of your kingdom to a needy world through your love gift to us. #thecross.