Monday, July 4, 2011

One Nation Under God

     The bravery of the ones who came before us is astounding.  In 1621 it was a risk to travel by ship across the world for an experienced sailor, much less men, women and children who may have never boarded a vessel of any kind.  I sit and imagine what it must have been like in England for these people to pick up and leave everything they owned and the familiarity of home, climb aboard a ship with hostile company, and travel to a mysterious far away land about which they knew next to nothing.  What courage!
     Just 150 years later, the same kind of bravery led the Continental Congress to take a stand against tyranny and claim freedom for an infant nation.  They had always only known that England was there.  There to trade, there to protect, and there to now tax and give nothing in return.  Even though they had no idea what would become of the United States of America they took a chance and defied all odds.  This country was founded on convictions and a courage that can only be explained as a God-given gift.
     So today, as I celebrate Independence Day, 235 years later, they will be in my thoughts.  My prayers will be with the country and with what it needs today.  It needs God’s hand.  We need people with convictions today that will stand up and trust in the unknown.  This country was founded through a belief that God would bless us and with a vow to be a Godly nation.  For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude.  Am I grateful for this gift:  America?  I think of Sodom and Gomorrah when Abraham begged God not to destroy it if he could find just one worthy of saving.  I pray that the Lord sees enough Americans living for His glory to continue to bless this country.  What do you pray for today?