It’s been a sobering past few weeks for America. Last week, as we celebrated our hard-won freedom, images of its cost couldn't help but flood our conscience and our courage.
As political candidates debate our willingness and capacity for sharing it, an excruciating photo of a father and child who gave their all in search of freedom haunts us.
The historic crossing of the DMZ in North Korea by our president reminded us that freedom anywhere and everywhere is not free. It never has been.
We search for wisdom in the clamor of competing ideologies and the potential erosion of trust in what made and keeps us free.
What we can't afford to do is become cynical or disheartened and fearful that our country is losing its way. We need to find our way to heal the wounds that separate us and to share the blessings of a freedom that never was and never will be free. This necessary work begins and grows in community.