A cheerful heart is excellent medicine, whereas a downcast spirit leaves one debilitated.  – Prov 17:22

Reflection.  One Independence Day we celebrate the birth of our nation.  Lift up your heart and join the celebration.  Rosalind Russell, the late actress, once said, “Laughter is like air and water to me.”  During the last 16 years of her life she suffered the ravages of rheumatoid arthritis, but “Roz” kept that cheerful spirit alive.  “Whatever comes to me,” she said, “I will accept.  Faith in God and ourselves gives us peace and the assurance we will overcome.”

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I pray for the grace to accept the things I cannot change.  Give me a cheerful heart that I may smile all the way home.