Fourth of July Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Happy Fourth of July!!!!! Remember in these last couple hours of the day to remember your freedoms!

Today is one of those days living in a small town is depressing and magical all in one day. 

I will start off with the depressing. The Fourth of July in Bedford is sooooo depressing. No one does anything. There is no spirit, no fireworks, and no joy. 

Everyone took advantage of the day off and did their grocery shopping, so at least work went by quickly, both other than that Bedford was snoozefest today.

I have never before been in Bedford for the 4th of July ever. And man is it different, I am so used to Columbus, Ohio’s celebrations. 

Columbus starts the day before with Red, White, and Boom, and then starts the actual day off with a grand parade, then you continue on to party after party until it is time to grab your blankets and drinks and head to the fireworks! It is so much fun and a full day of it! I absolutely love this day, it is one I look forward to all year!

Bedford is the complete opposite. No fireworks, no big parties, and no parade. You’d think for a small town they’d do more but nope! Luckily tomorrow the local Moose Lodge is putting on some fireworks that I hope to be able to catch.

So all in all it didn’t feel like the fourth other than a sad attempt to make red white and blue cookie bars, a delicious red white and blue smoothie I made for breakfast, and the colors I wore. 

 

Now on to the magical part: When you don’t get off work til 9pm and before work your legs feel like jello it is difficult to get a run in. However, today I chose to take the lesser of the two evils and run after getting off work at 9. 

It was magical! The little town of Bedford was already tucked in to bed. I passed one small family cookout, one person out walking, and one family setting off small fireworks. The streetlights kept me company as the sidewalk pounded beneath my feet. And the light gentle rain came just at the halfway mark and refreshed me for the 2.5 miles left. As I heard a few firework booms in the distance and the slight charcoal smell that lingers for hours after the burgers and hot dogs are cooked, it felt like a summer night. It forced me to reflect on all my freedoms and think and thank God for giving me the most meaningful freedoms of all.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

2 Corinthians 3:17 
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

“In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12

 

God is so good, I thank him and those in charge of this country for helping keep me free. Happy 4th to all! 🙂

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