What do you want for your birthday?
we ask our family and friends.
Perhaps we should ask our nation
before Independence Day ends.
We can give some small gifts to her
for all she has given to us.
Perhaps we can highlight her good points
rather than just sit around and cuss.
I’ll bet she would really like it
if we lived the faith that we claim
showing more love and compassion
instead of all our words of blame.
Maybe we can try to get along
with people who have other views
while working on things in common
bringing about a lot of good news.
We could try to live like Jesus
with forgiveness our primarily goal
caring for the needs of each other
as we help true justice to roll.
Let’s take time out from hot dogs,
swimming, fireworks, parades and flag
and realize we can be humble
while we lift up our voices to brag.