"God Bless America, land that I love, stand beside Her and guide Her, through the night with Your Light from Above."
America, the land of the free, and the home of the brave, still stands true, no matter what the critics say otherwise.
Several years ago my husband and I took a trip to two other countries, I will not name them, but they were not democratic nations as America is. From the moment we stepped off the airplane in each country I had the immediate feeling and knowing that I was not in America, I was not free, I was in bondage to do what that Country required..
For the first time in my life, I felt afraid to be on the street, because I knew that if we were arrested, just because we were Americans, or the police did not like the way we looked or just for any reason there was virtually nothing we could do but be at the mercy of those countries.
In one of the countries the roads were so bad that the Land Rover we were traveling in had to travel on the side of the road because there was virtually no asphalt on the road bed.
There were hardly any vehicles on the roads, because everyone walked. When you did see a vehicle, there were people hanging on anywhere they could hold on. On Sunday morning, I saw hundreds walking to church on the side of the road, and I thought oh, God, there are three vehicles in my yard that I could drive to church or I could call any number of people to pick me up. But these people evidently did not have that privilege, so they walked. It literally made me ashamed of myself, and I asked myself, "would I walk to church for four or five miles if there were no transportation available?"
Americans, we have had it so good and have been so prospered by God for so long that we forget the good things about America. Sometimes some people get so involved in the things that they think are so bad, as the old saying goes, "they cannot see the forest for the trees."
Yes, in so many ways our founding fathers values have slipped, but still, for all the things that are not right, there are so many things that are right. We can still vote, if the one in office is too liberal, vote them out. Our roads have hardly any potholes. We can worship freely in the churches of our own choice, not told where we have to worship. Most homes have at least a dozen Bibles because we just want them. Most families have at least two vehicles. No one goes hungry, unless they chose because they are fasting or dieting. Too many things to count are the blessing we enjoy as Americans.
Dear Readers, please pray for America, that she will return to God before God has to judge us, In Genesis 18:32, a man (thought by Bible scholars to be Jesus) told Abraham that they would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if there could be ten righteous people found in the cities. Surely there are ten righteous people in America, if we fast and pray for our Country, I believe God will not destroy America.
Again, I ask that instead of thinking and trying to find fault with our country, think on the many things and freedoms that we enjoy each day, one of them is the right to express our feelings about our country, but instead of complaining, why can't we just PRAY. If each of us pray for America, it will put us in closer communion with God and we will begin to see the good in our country instead of all the time seeing what we think is bad. Praying people CAN make a difference, all it takes is just a concentrated effort to Pray, and God will listen.
Precious readers, love America, don't put Her down, pray for Her, pledge your allegiance to Her, rejoice that you and I live in America where we are free. Pray for our soldiers that are in harm's way trying to keep our country free from oppression and being overruled. May God grant us the continued freedom that He has allowed us to have since the Revolutionary War was fought and won for our freedom. God Bless America,
Copyright 2011 Gloria B. Powell. All rights reserved.