As Independence Day, (4th of July), is approaching here in America, the word that is staying on my heart is “prayer”. We need prayers for repentance, healing, justice, equality, compassion, wisdom, peace…the list goes on and on.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV, ”if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Knowing God is sovereign over all things, people and events brings comfort. Trusting His love and protection day by day brings security. Focusing on His purposes brings perspective. I’m thankful that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8). When things seem to spiral out of control, He is still in control. His goodness and mercy never cease to follow us (Psalm 23:6). We are blessed to know and serve the God of creation.
No matter what part of the world you live in, I pray God’s presence and love would surround you, and that His Word would light your way. The hope we have in Jesus will never lead to shame (Psalm 25:3).
Psalm 67:4 ESV, “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah”
I was born and raised here in America and it is the only country I’ve ever lived in. I was recently reminiscing with my daughter about how in elementary school every morning we would recite the, “Pledge of Allegiance” and then sing, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.
Pledge of Allegiance:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
My Country ‘Tis of Thee (we only sang the first verse):
My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!
Life was definitely much simpler back in my elementary school days, and there have been many ups and downs. I don’t know what it would have been like to be raised in another country, but America is where God allowed me to be. So I am thankful.
America, just like other countries is far from perfect, but I do thank God for the opportunities that I have had here. I thank Him for the people I have met here that have shown me love and touched my life in someway. America is a beautiful place, but even more beautiful is the God that has kept me and my family safe, and provided for us as we have lived here.