That flag is a symbol we attach our emotions to, but it isn’t the emotion itself and it isn’t the thing we really care about. (Tom Wolfe, late author and journalist)

Wolfe continues, “Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.” Today is Flag Day in the U.S., and you’ll probably find flags flying all over town. Wolfe is right; it isn’t the flag itself we honor; it is only a symbol. For us, it represents the ideals of a united country (50 stars) and the cost of our freedom (red stripes).

May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. (Psalm 20:5)