Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

I grew up on Adventures in Odyssey. This was back before CDs and I listened to them on tapes in my walkman. Over, and over, and over again. There was one in particular that was about the circumstances surrounding the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. It has stayed with me for 20 years now, and every year on the Fourth of July I remember the end of that adventure in Odyssey, when they recited the fourth stanza of the Star Spangled Banner.

"O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"

So today I am remembering our soldiers who stand between their loved home and the war's desolation. I am thankful that God has made and preserved our nation. I am putting my trust in Him.  

And I've been going through the "America" entries on Pioneer Woman's blog. Some of them have made me smile and some have made my throat get tight. These are pictures that represent without words what America is, and they have made me darn proud to be a citizen of this country. Don't miss them.

Happy Independence Day! 

This is my favorite entry. I hope it wins (and that I don't get in trouble for posting it here!)

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