God Bless America

800px-US_Flag_BacklitTomorrow is the 4th of July and here in the United States of America, it is Independence Day.  It will be a day filled with parades, cookouts, family gatherings, and fireworks lighting up the night sky.  Songs like the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” will ring out and American flags will be proudly displayed.

As we enjoy our picnics and fun times, tomorrow should also be a time to reflect in prayer.  America was founded as “one nation under God.”  God has always been a part of our country.  Certainly with religious freedom not everyone must worship the same way or even worship at all.  But God has always been there.  284px-Rocky_Mountain_National_Park_in_September_2011_-_Glacier_Gorge_from_Bear_Lake

We have beautiful landscapes surrounding us.  From the Atlantic to Pacific, the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.  From the Rocky Mountains, to the Grand Canyon.  The Appalachian Mountains to the Redwood Forest.  The hand of God is certainly visible in this beautiful country.

Lately it seems that God is being taken out of America.  Under the guise of freedom, America is turning less to God and more towards man. America is a wonderful country filled with many, many people who know and love the Lord.  The media tries to make it seem like we are the minority.  But we are not.  God may not make the nightly news, but He is still present here in America.  People can try to take God away but they will never succeed.

This year, as we celebrate the 4th of July, I pray that all Americans turn once again to the Lord who created this beautiful land and who watches over us all.  I pray that the Christians here in America take a stand for what is right and just.  That we will work together to grow in faith and inspire others to know the Lord.  I pray that tomorrow as we watch fireworks bursting in the inght sky, we can gather together and truly mean the words we sing,

Fourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument,_1986“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home”
 
“God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, 1918
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2 thoughts on “God Bless America

  1. reinkat July 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm Reply

    good post. I had hoped to see more people at Mass on the morning of the 4th, but it was pretty sparsely attended. Our country needs all the prayers it can get at this point.

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