Ponderings

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I don’t like to get involved in public political discussions.  That is not the intent of this post.  My heart has been grieved for sometime…

The Lord has given me the privilege to serve Him in a foreign land.  I have been attached to this country for some time and have learned to love the land and its people.  But my blood still flows red, white and blue.

I have stood on the island of Okinawa overlooking the Philippine Sea and recalled the tale of my uncle, who enlisted during his senior year of high school when he turned 18, standing on his PT boat in that very sea and watching a kamikaze destroy his mother ship with people he cared about on board.

I have others in my family line and friends that have served to protect the people and freedoms of the United States of America and other countries suffering from oppressive regimes.  Some lost their health and peace of mind and still others lost their very life.

When I have an occasion to stand and place my hand over my heart during the national anthem, I do so with pride and great emotion.  Gratitude swells my heart for the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy.

I see many young people that don’t know what we are supposed to do when the anthem is played.  It is my understanding that this isn’t being taught in some schools as it was when I was growing up.  Many don’t know or understand the great sacrifices that the flag and anthem represent.

I believe in free speech and I am thankful for that privilege even when someone else’s free speech opposes mine.  Lots of rhetoric has been flying around on all sides of the fence.  I am not singling out a person or persons when I say that it is my desire that those who have been able to follow their dreams and reach the heights they have would use these positions to encourage others to follow their dreams and help others not so fortunate.  They have a position of influence.  I pray that they will use it to unite rather than divide.

May God have mercy on America!

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  ~2 Chronicles 7:14

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