282 “Love of Country”

By Hetty Gray

# 282

“Love of Country!”

Who can forget the “4th of July” celebrations we experienced as children? The events and their memories flood back as if they were yesterday. The colorful parades, the fireworks, the flags, the pageantry, the men and women in uniform, the gala atmosphere….

More than at any time in our rich 244 years, we need those feelings back today. This country is unique in its founding. God is at her heart, and America needs God today in a big way!

When we look back at our founders, we see men who pledged their very lives and everything they owned to fight for freedom. Yes, freedom of religion was at the core of their thoughts, but also freedom to work and achieve in a society unencumbered by an overreaching government.

Americans have a nation envied worldwide. Not only do we have the freedom to choose our individual paths in life, but we also have the freedom to move about without restriction. We savor those freedoms every minute of our lives, but we take them for granted because most of us never had to fight to defend them.

Absent a catastrophic event that threatens every one of us, we enjoy the security lacking in countless countries around the globe.

Today, as you gather together with friends to savor the day, remember those of us who do work today — the doctors, nurses, therapists, medical aides, laboratory technicians, x-ray personnel, EMTs, police officers and firemen who work today for each of us. For most of the nation, help is just a matter of picking up a cell phone (or for those of us who still have them, the land line telephone).

As you grill those hamburgers and hot dogs, wolf down the potato salad and deviled eggs, rave over the desserts and sip that favorite beverage, just celebrate the fact that you can do that with friends and family knowing that your country gives you the freedom to do so.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

So, go pursue YOUR happiness today! Thank God for the United States of America and ask His blessing and guidance for all our citizenry. Step up and defend American values. Silence is perilous.

America has given you everything. Give America back your love and allegiance. Revere those men and women who gave their lives to see that you live yours in freedom. Never take for granted what billions of people would give anything to have. Don’t just think about it. Do something about it. Defend her. Preserve her. You will never be sorry that you did.

Pray for America. Prayer works miracles.

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