The 4th of July. What does it mean to me? What should it mean to Americans today? I'm not going to give an exhaustive answer to this question, just some brief thoughts from where I'm at today. To prepare for independence day, I just watched the Hamilton Musical with my family on the projector at home. My son and I talked about a theme he noticed: living for good even if no one tells your story. That coincides with my current devotions in Ecclesiastes. America had a wild beginning and it was helpful to reflect on its founding again through the story of Hamilton as told by Lin Manuel Miranda.