Happy Independence Day,
Greetings from the hallowed halls of Oxford University!
On this Independence Day, our reflections are deepened by our enriching experiences here in England and with the English people.
Presently, our daughter Saramelia’s engagement in Oxford’s prestigious summer program on global politics offers her a thorough understanding of the complex interplay between society, religion, and international relations and conflicts — shaping our own perspective and appreciation of Independence Day.
The birth of our nation was profoundly influenced by the quest for religious freedom. Early settlers, fleeing religious persecution, sought a land to freely express their faith — a desire so potent that it became a driving force behind our country’s founding, battle for independence and a fundamental principle enshrined in our Constitution.
Our own family journey from Cuba to America echoes these early settlers’ quest for freedom. Under the oppressive regime of Communist Cuba, where individual liberties, especially religious freedom, were brutally stifled — America shone as a beacon of hope.
Here, we found a sanctuary where our faith could be expressed without fear or persecution reminding us of the core values that spurred the founding of this great nation.
In honor of Independence Day, Marile and I ask you join us in a prayer for our nation:
“May the Lord sanctify our nation, protect our military, and help us to remain faithful and thankful for the gifts of freedom. Grant us the strength to preserve liberty for future generations; making us agents of peace both within America and around the world.”
As we celebrate the essence of being an American, we wish you and your family a safe, happy, and meaningful Independence Day.
God bless you and yours, and may God continue to bless these United States of America.
Warmest personal regards,
Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.