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Darlene Hight
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MorningFirefly Fourth
By Darlene Hight

Every country has a celebration that signifies patriotism. In the United States that holiday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day. I am a huge fan of Fourth of July fireworks. This fondness for fireworks is part of my fabric. It stems from pleasant memories of childhood.

My dad was a proud United States citizen. If we attended an event where the National Anthem was played, my brothers, sisters and I had better be on our feet with hand over heart demonstrating respect. We grew up in a patriotic home and celebrated Fourth of July in proper form. The holiday started with a trip downtown to watch the Fourth of July parade. We continued the celebration with a traditional barbeque shared by family and friends. The day ended with the family piling into the car and driving to a predetermined ‘perfect location’ for fireworks.

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God-Moments in Adversity
By Matthew E. Morgan

Ed and Stephanie Belmore of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, share a unique bond with one another. In 1983, four months after their wedding, Ed suffered a major brain injury, leaving him in a vegetative state. Stephanie faced a series of choices that no couple ever imagines when they say their vows to one another. With support from God and her family, Stephanie chose to honor and love her husband despite any surrounding circumstances.

She feels completely comfortable talking about the subject, but it was not always that way.

"I was angry at God," Stephanie said. "It wasn't about God's will at that point. It took me 5 or 6 years to feel comfortable about it being about what God's will was."

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By Lynne Fickett

"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I made strong." (II Corinthians 12:9-10 NAS)

When we talk about grace, more often than not, our attention focuses on the aspect of salvation, the unmerited favor of God in the life of the believer. Grace and acceptance go hand in hand; The Father extends His grace to fallen man through the acknowledgment of our sinful nature and the acceptance of Jesus' death on the cross as payment for our sin.

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