Prayer for American Independence Day

A few days before he died on the 50th anniversary of independence,
the ailing John Adams received a delegation of the town elders.
They were there to ask for something to be read at the celebrations.
Expecting noble and high-flown words, they were shocked at what he gave them.
They perhaps did not understand how noble it was, even if not high-flown.
What he gave them was not a speech, but a toast.
Today, on this glorious Fourth, raise your cups and make that toast:
Independency forever!