FOR LOVE OF GOD AND COUNTRY

Greetings Family and Friends from  the beautiful Southwest section of this dear land,

Happy Fourth of July!

My heart has been touched since we have been here at the KOA  Campground in Albuquerque, as families have gathered together, I assume, for the holiday.   I could hear children playing outside and it was music to my ears. It seems that children seldom are seen outdoors in this age of high tech toys and gadgets.   Someone was grilling and the aroma that wafted to my nostrils was that of burgers, Yum!  Before we left for Sunday evening service, I could hear the fireworks.  Upon returning home, we were greeted in the park, near the motorhome, with children and adults alike milling around with colorful glow-in-the-dark bands (looked like bendable rope).  One boy was waving it around.   Other folks had it on their heads like a halo and some had it on their arms.  It seemed they were enjoying themselves.  Sooooo Americana!  I thought it was sweet.

I’m thankful to have been born in this great country.  Thank you Lord for the freedom to worship You, and the liberty to go to church whenever  I want to.  There are no padlocks on the door when it’s church time, no fear of being imprisoned when I attend.  Our pastors have the privilege to preach the glad tidings that Jesus Saves!  The Good News can flow freely  from pulpits across America, by radio, television, internet , or by other means.  Thank you Heavenly Father, Son, and Precious Holy Spirit for this privilege. Thank you Lord for all who  have paid the ultimate price, starting with the Founding Fathers, and for all who have given their lives throughout our history as a nation until this present time.

The Declaration of Independence states:

“And for support of this  Declaration, with a firm reliance on Divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”  Thomas Jefferson

I especially like what John Adams had to say about the Fourth of July. No other family has had a longer legacy of celebrating the Fourth of July than the Adams family. From 1776 to 1892, the Adams family had been involved in a myriad of Independence Day activities. John Adams (1735-1826) was instrumental in negotiating in favor of independence at the Continental Congresses (1774-78), signed the Declaration of Independence.

John Adams’ famous letter of July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail what his thoughts were about celebrating the Fourth of July is found on various web sites but is usually incorrectly quoted. Following is the exact text from his letter with his original spellings:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).      Researched  by James R. Heintze. 

God’s people are longing for a revival, or an awakening, in this beautiful land where God has so abundantly blessed us. Many Christians long for Jesus and for His righteousness to rule in our country.  They, as did David, see the foundation being destroyed and wonder what they can do about it.

David lamented this in Psalm 11:3 when he cried, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Christians know that: Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people,”  Proverbs  14:34 .  What America was and what it is now, seem poles apart.

                                                                                         Prayer

O God!  As a country, help us to go back to our righteous roots.

Let our streets be safe for our children and elderly folk; the weakest in our midst.

Cause our young and old people alike to seek you while You may be found.

Fill the vacuum in everyone that does not know you.

Start  revival with the ministers that preach in pulpits across America.  Let it spill over to their congregations.  May congregations in turn take it home.

Let moms and dads fall in love again, and show Christ to their children and families.

Heal dysfunctional families Lord.  You are a Father to the fatherless, and a husband to the widow.

Bless those that lead our country, in every sector, that they may know You and lead this great country in righteousness.

Let rich and poor, literate and illiterate; every soul that breathes, meet you Lord Jesus, at the foot of the cross.

II Chronicles 7:14  “If my people which are called by name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Then cause that revival and awakening to spread to the islands of the sea, and to all the peoples of this earth that you created for Your glory.

Do it again dear Lord!  Rend the heavens and come down!!!

We need you so!  We need you!  I personally need you.

Let revival start in me O Lord. Let revival break out as in days gone by in this land.

Glorify your name in us, your faithful children, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen

I want to close with another patriotic song,  America the Beautiful,  that our class sang in grade school.

Now here are the words in case you  can’t catch them all:

Lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates | Music by Samuel A. Ward

Overlaid pictures representing America

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov’d
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 ev’ry gain 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 thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.



The link following shares some touching patriotic themes.   God Bless You, till next time.

http://wandascountryhome.com/patriotic/index.html

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