Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Independence Day!

This picture was taken last year on Memorial Day!

This year Emma has developed a keen interest in the lives of our great forefathers--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin, etc. We've read many books about them, visited some amazing historical places and had many discussions on their accomplishments. Although I've always considered myself a patriot, these experiences have awakened a new love in my heart for this great land we live in. With that also has come a deep desire to convey this gratitude and love of country to our children. The inspired words to the classic patriotic hymn, "America the Beautiful" have taken on a new depth of meaning to me as I ponder the heroes the author alludes to.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!...

How much I want our children to understand that these great men and women truly were inspired by God to create this land. We owe much to their sacrifices and devotion to God and country.

...America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From Sea to shining sea!

1 comment:

Matthew K said...

I agree. America was founded by inspired men.

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