Celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day–
Help Others Obtain Citizenship
Usually my post at the beginning of the month centers on meaningful gifts. This month I’m writing about the gift of prayer and gratitude we can offer for our country as we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17th.
Should we let the day pass by unnoticed or should we celebrate these gifts? I say CELEBRATE!
Here are some suggestions:
- Take time to thank God for citizenship in a less than perfect but wonderful country. We all realize our nation has problems to solve. However, let’s focus on the positives and celebrate the beauty and freedoms we enjoy.
- For those problems and the future of the United States, let’s pray.
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
–2 Chronicles 7:14 *
- Let’s pray for our nation’s leaders, and to celebrate the Constitution, include the Supreme Court justices and judges throughout the country.
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.
–1 Timothy 2:1-3
- In person or over the phone, share with children and grandchildren the stories of great American heroes and the freedoms you most appreciate. Purchase a book about one of those heroes. Fly a flag. Enjoy apple pie or another traditional American food.
- Thank God for the freedom in Christ that is offered to all who accept Him as Savior and Lord.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
You can help someone learn English and study for the citizenship exam.
As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, I’ve joined in celebrations for students who earn United States citizenship after working hard to speak English and to learn about American government and history so that they could pass the citizenship test. What an accomplishment!
In our state, the technical colleges offer ESL classes to help immigrants from other countries learn English, obtain citizenship, and become gainfully employed. Many churches offer these services as well. Do you know of anyone who could use help with these difficult challenges? Volunteering a few hours a week could extend the hand of friendship and change someone’s life.
Share the gift of prayer, national pride, and volunteer services with someone this month and add your ideas or thoughts in the comment section below.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
*All Scripture is from the ESV, English Standard Version.