It was many years ago that the celebration of the Fourth of July had come about by the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Nowadays, we continue to celebrate what that day signifies.

I love what John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail just one day before signing the Declaration of Independence:

The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

You will think me transported by enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this declaration and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction, even though we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.

Adams' prediction was off by two days. We celebrate July 4th, the date shown on the Declaration of Independence, rather than July 2nd, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress. Still, we follow Adams' lead when it comes to commemorating the importance of the day.

As you parade and bonfire and sing patriotic songs and watch the sky illuminate with fireworks this Friday, I hope you will ponder how God used ordinary people to take extraordinary measures in our American history. Consider how blessed and progressive a nation we are ever since we became "one nation under God." And give thanks for the sacrifice of those who fought for our freedom long ago and continue to do so today. May we be humbled by the brave actions of many, yet proud of our great nation that stands strong and free as the result.

God bless America!

How do YOU celebrate the Fourth of July? Comment below!

Rachel Specht contributed to this post