I have been brushing up “America the Beautiful” on the piano lately, and of course it has been on my mind today.
Not on my mind enough to convince me to practice piano today 😉 , but I’ve still thought about it. I first decided i wanted to play it when I read through all the verses; they are so beautiful.
I love all of them, but the last two lines of verse 3 have become a prayer to me. For my country.
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine.
Because you don’t have to look too far to see America is losing her roots in God. Not all that we call “success” today is noble, and not all our gains are Christ-like. I have been praying for our country for a long time.
But after I read Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good I started praying for more.
I started praying that no matter what happened in America, the church would rise to meet it. That they would respond in a way that honored the Lord. No matter what.
Our pastor was speaking recently about common core, and he said that the church often responds in fear or anger, and we must respond in love.
We are the bride of Christ.
We have victory.
We have the last word.
So let us stop responding in fear. Let us stop venting our anger on those deceived by Satan. Let us respond in love.
We are more than conquerors in Christ, my friends–if God is for us, who can be against us?
O beautiful for patriot dream that sees, beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
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Have a happy Fourth of July, and go get yourself a copy of Counted Worthy, sweet readers.
** Excerpts from “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates