Those of you that know me well, know I love all things patriotic. We have tons of American flags and I love all things red, white and blue. I cry when I hear the "National Anthem" or "My Country Ti's of Thee." This last week, my father-in-law, Lloyd Nielson, passed away. He was an army vet so we had his funeral at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery. It was a great service (my husband gave his first eulogy . . . and he says hopefully his last! LOL!) and there were several things that made me tear up. But perhaps the thing that left me watery eyed the most was when they did the flag presentation and played "Taps." Why is it these songs have such a power of us? I think it is because we reflect on how blessed we are to be Americans and to have the life we have because of those who fought valiantly for those freedoms. We are moved by the sacrifice they made and we truly love our country.
That being said, I am feeling a bit miffed and frustrated at those that keep putting down the phrase, "God Bless America." They turn it in to an expression of greed. This is far from what it meant at the time it originated and should certainly not be what it means today. In this context, the word bless meant to "guide." Our forefathers were not praying for God to give them lots of "stuff," but rather to guide them as they founded and set up our country. These were amazingly Godly men who wanted to make sure they acted in a way that was pleasing to God. In the words of the song, "God Bless America", there is a line that says, "Stand beside her and guide her through the night as a light from above. Who wouldn't want our nation to be guided by the Lord and to have his light shine upon us!
http://wallbuilders.com for more info. This site, ran by David Barton, is focused on accurately portraying history as it really happened, not how others would want us to believe to please their own agendas.
PastBlessings@gmail.com and will send you all the info.
In the meantime, have a fabulous . . . and blessed . . . Independence Day!
With Hugs & Blessings,