Wednesday, July 04, 2007


OK. I’m going to nail my colo(u)rs to the mast.

I love America. I’m not American – I’m a “Scot with an English Accent” - but I do think the America is a truly great country. It’s not so hip to say so in Europe right now, but I just did. I said it.

So, to all my family & friends in the USofA I say “Happy Independence Day.”

For BBC Reporter, Alan Johnston, today really is an independence day - a day to celebrate his freedom after 114 days in captivity in Gaza. I caught a few minutes of news before I headed for the train station this morning, and it was just great to see some good news coming out of the Middle East. Alan seemed remarkably together for someone who has been in captivity for so long. The guy’s a hero and a credit to his family who have displayed similar courage and dignity throughout the period he’s been away. Alan & his parents are inspirational, and I expect I’ll be keeping a close eye on what he gets up to in the future.

For me, the 4th of July marks six years to the day since I asked Janet to marry me. Thankfully, she said “yes”, and continues to be my love, my rock, my inspiration.

God Bless America!

Some words about Freedom:

Galatians 5:13 (The Message)

13-15 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom.


yucan said...

thanks for the love across the pond!

John said...

You are welcome, my friend!

paul said...

as a half american, i heartedly agree :)

John said...

That's cool, Paul. Would like to hear more...