Prayer for Independence Day

Dear God,
as we celebrate today with fireworks and festivals,
help us never to forget the reason for our joy.
Help us remember that our rights to life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness
were signed into our heritage
with the willing blood of American patriots.
Most of all, help us remember
that the rights of all people
are more than words on a document,
and that all people have rights
because you have given us
the dignity of human life.
Grant freedom to all,
and give us the strength to protect
the rights of others.