America is possibly in its most challenging times of its history.
We are in the beginnings of WWIII. A war of psychology, information and mis-informaiton, bio warfare, social decay and disruption, deception on a massive scale, AI assisted techno-bureaucracy, financial decay and possibly collapse and even gender confusion.
Despite all this, let us not loose sight of the blessings bestowed on this great land.
The song “America The Beautiful” rings in my mind as I write this.
What beautiful lyrics this song embodies:
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
We live in a nation that started with pilgrims desperate to simply be left alone to worship their God how they wished.
Freed from a state-run (Anglican) church, these people risked their lives to get to this beautiful land and start over with freedom.
We all have our faults and failings but we had the common belief that a creator that made this beautiful world loved us and would improve us over time.
We commonly understood what Law is – the Common Law of God – and with self-control, we endeavored to love our neighbor as ourselves, doing no harm to others.
God mend thine ev’ry 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.
Our country has a history of rescuing other nations and peoples. This has been mared by corporate resource wars and economic hit-men but the spirit of our people has been charity and rescue as we still honor our soldiers sacrifice through needless wars – they served because they believed in mercy more than life.
All Americans who give their time to help their neighbors, whether next-door or across the world are these heroes mentioned in this majestic song.
The many trials we have and are facing can be seen as a refining fire.
Will we hold to the ideals of our founders? Will we hold love more dear than ourselves? Will we pass on to our children these same values successfully?
All our glory goes to our creator who gave us the unalienable rights (and responsibilities) outlined in our beautiful Declaration of Independence.
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Unity is our mark of blessing as every greedy government and corporate entity tries to divide us against each other.
As we watch fireworks and enjoy some chicken from the BBQ, remember, this is just a celebration of what many who strove and died to preserve – family, truth, love and life.
Let us press on to provide for our families, love our neighbors, live in truth, suffer and sacrifice for others and enjoy the blessings of life in unity.
May this 4th of July find you healthy, safe and wise. May the challenges we all face not crush our spirit or dim our resolve to be and do the things our gracious creator made us to achieve.