Technically, freedom isn't really a virtue, but it felt right to include this in the Virtues series. And of course, in the U.S. it's rather timely.
You can get this embroidery pattern by clicking through to Flickr and downloading the image. It is, appropriately, a free pattern. Now, If you'd like to read on about some of my thoughts on freedom, scroll on down. (Warning: I might discuss things that resemble politics and religion. Don't worry...it doesn't happen too often!)
Here's the thing about freedom in America, and really, the world. We have governments that are set up based on the idea of freedom, but does that work? I mean, we create laws to grant freedom to some, while making laws to take freedom from others, and all the while, we ignore still others who desperately need some freedom.
This isn't really about governments though, because the freedom that they are trying to create is almost superficial. At least in a lot of cases. When people I know get all in a tizzy about rights that may be lost or granted, or such, I take heart in true freedom: Jesus the Messiah.
Christ has set us free! This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don't ever become slaves of the Law again. (Galatians 5:1 - Contemporary English Version)