Pastor’s Column

A Prayer for Freedom

As we will soon pause once again on Independence Day to reflect upon life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I offer a prayer written by a former professor of mine, Dr. Israel Galindo, for your consideration as each of us is called to celebrate freedom:

Our God of Liberty, who has called us to freedom, we celebrate today the grand experiment of America that allows us the freedom to gather for the worship of you, Our Creator God, unhindered except for the unwilling spirit.

We are mindful that this freedom was bought with a price, and so our celebration is tempered by gratitude for the ideologists, the dreamers, the patriots, the brave soldiers, for all the children and spouses who inspired and waited, all of whom paid their share in the purchase of our freedom.

Our flag flies free again this year because of your grace, our God, and so in gratitude we pray for the freedom of those, our brothers and sisters, who live in lands of oppression, where even the shadow of your kingdom is but a far-distant dream. Come down and rescue them from the hand of the oppressors of body and spirit, and bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey – the home that is the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

May God bless you, yours, and everyone else.
Your Fellow Servant,

Dr. Jim Hunter, II

Dr. Jim Hunter, II

Senior Pastor


If we choose, stillness can be an indulgence worth experiencing.
. . . The question remains with us; are we able to be quiet? Are we able to be still?