Wednesday, July 4, 2012

God Bless America?! Yes, please!!

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!
It is popular these days to say the founding fathers were not Christian.  This is so far from the truth.  They were not deists as many are trying to convince us.  They were Godly men who desired to please the Lord and to make a nation that pleased Him as well.  They prayed before each congressional meeting and at one point, stopped one congress meeting for hours as they fell on their knees in fervent prayer for their country.  There are hundreds of quotes from these men that clearly showed they were Christians and very strong Godly ones at that.  Check out 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.
It saddens me to think we would so easily give up the morals, values and freedoms our fore fathers were willing to die for in exchange for what we are being told is true freedom.  Special interest groups that are fighting to protect issues that are clearly wrong in the eyes of the Lord and spoken against in the word of God, the Bible. 
The puritans left England because they did not have that freedom.  Many of them were being persecuted and martyred for their beliefs.  Those that made the journey to America sacrificed everything.  Many left behind children they would never see again.  Only 40% of those traveling across the sea survived and another large number was lost over the course of that next harsh winter.  But they knew God was guiding them and they were willing to sacrifice all in order to come to a new land where they could love and worship God freely, live a life of morality and purity and pass that on to generations to come.  Yet today we sit back and quietly let our rights to that freedom of worship, to that unspeakable joy of knowing we are in the will of God, be taken away in the false name of diversity and special interests.  God is a steadfast God . . . He does not change.  He always was and always will be the same.  What He led our fore fathers to establish should not change. 
So today, I pray with passion, "God please bless America.  God guide us.  Make us an upright nation that seeks you first and your truths.  Let us be nation that desires to do right and to serve you. Please join me in this prayer!
Happy Independence Day . . . as you enjoy your day, perhaps at a barbecue or watching fireworks, take a moment to thank God for the blessings . . . guidance and favor . . .  He has bestowed on you and pray with me that God will bless America . . . for we need his guidance now more than ever. 
Just a quick note . . . our antique show, "Pickin' on the Prairie" is steaming full speed ahead.  We are getting some amazing vendors.  We are spending time trying to spruce up the yard and get our old house to put on her "Sunday Best" for all of you.  We hope you are planning to be a part of this fun event.  There will be lots of great farm fresh treasures . . . from antiques and primitives to handmade artisan crafts such as homemade soaps, jewelry and candles.  Great food and a beautiful setting (I am not bragging . . . it has nothing to do with us . . . we are just blessed to live in a beautiful location!)  e will have great music . . . bluegrass, country and southern gospel playing softly too to add to your day.  We are filling up, but we still have room for a few more quality vendors.  If you are interested in being a part of this fun show, email me at PastBlessings@gmail.com and will send you all the info. 

In the meantime, have a fabulous . . . and blessed . . . Independence Day!

With Hugs & Blessings,


Brenda