Just a few things here today. Then I’ve got to finish a couple of fall projects. It’s already getting Christmasy festive around town. Even I’m getting into the spirit of the season, and normally my favorite time of the year is AUTUMN.
Husband and I agreed last night that we would bring out the totes with the Christmas lights and get them checked and see if I need to get some new bulbs or strands. We didn’t get around to putting any up last year. No one else on our neighborhood did either. Maybe if we put ours up, it might inspire others to do it too. When we moved here 14 plus years ago, almost everyone on our block decorated for Christmas but so many of them stopped or moved out of the neighborhood.
Ok, just talking about the lights makes me want to get them out and get it started. What? It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. How many times have I said that and heard others say it. There was a day, way, way back when no one even bought a tree until 2 weeks before Christmas. Now they start selling trees (real trees) before Thanksgiving. The fake trees come out in stores about the middle of October. 🙁
On to the main topic of this post. America!
I do love America. Our pastor told the congregation that he has been all over the world (he’s a missionary’s kid) and he can honestly testify that there is no other nation on earth as good as America. We enjoy wonderful freedom and blessings that no other country has, because we were founded on Christian principles and our God was always the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And because we always stood with Israel. Remember God said He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those that go against Israel. This current president and administration has put us in jeopardy of losing our freedom and blessings and if a certain person (H. C.) wins the election tomorrow, we will lose them.
Still, I keep reminding myself that God is on His throne and He has a plan and not even a king, dictator or president can stop the plans of God.
I wanted to share the lyrics of some of our nations patriotic songs. It seems like few people ever sing or play these songs anymore. Instead of singing it this time, just read the words as they were written before they were put to musical scores. It seems to have more meaning that way for me.
O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
Katherine Bates 1859-1929, Samuel Ward 1847-1903
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown they good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrims feet, whose stern, impassioned stress. A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine till all success be nobleness and every grain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown they good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
The Star Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key 1779-1843
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say, does that Star spangled Banner yet wave o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep, where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, what is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, as it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, in full glory reflected, now shines on the stream; ‘Tis the Star spangled Banner; oh, long may it wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
And where is that band, who sat vauntingly swore that the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion, a home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood had washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution; no refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave; and the Star spangled Banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand between their loved homes and the war’s desolation; blest with victory and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; and this be our motto: “In God is our Trust!” And the Star spangled Banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
My Country, “Tis of Thee
Samuel Smith 1801-1895
My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love: I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills; my heart with rapture thrills like that above.
Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song: let mortal tongues awake; let all that breathe partake; let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty, to thee we sing: long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light; protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!
The words are a prayer to the God of our nation. That’s what we need to do. We need to pray to God to save this nation, to have mercy on us. We need to repent of becoming lethargic and complacent and indifferent. This is what happens when a nation and a people get so blessed that they think they don’t need God any more because they have jobs, money and possessions, they have everything they need and they (or we) forget where it all came from and that if we disconnect from our God Who is the giver of those blessings, we can also lose the blessings. Yes, He wants us to have our needs met, but more than that He wants relationship with us. That is more important to God and it should be most important to us too.
From one of our Founding Fathers and our first president, George Washington: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, to humbly implore His protection and favor.”
From William Penn: “Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
2 Chronicles 7:13-14: When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.