DISCOVER AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS
In the opening line of the song “God Bless America” it says, “God bless America land that I love” and boy did he create a lot of it for us to love.
Some of your most pleasant memories probably happened outdoors at family picnics, vacations across the country in a motor home, a fishing or hunting trip, or in that once-in-a-lifetime camping adventure.
As Americans, God blessed us with great natural resources. When Europeans come here, they marvel over the abundance of wildlife and all the places we can go to enjoy God’s great outdoors.
Most surprising to them is the availability of these resources to the common man.
In Europe and throughout the world, only the privileged can walk to a stream and catch a trout, hunt pheasant, or pitch a tent in front of a magnificent view.
We Americans tend to take for granted our beautiful lakes, streams and forests. Thankfully our forbearers knew the value of the purple mountains majesty and the fruited plains and made natural resources the focus of their songs and lives.
The cost is either free or minimal and the benefits are many. When you celebrate Independence Day be thankful to God for our great outdoors and the freedom we have to enjoy all that he created.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
This month we celebrate Independence Day and yes it should be called that and not the 4th of July. It is much more than fireworks, parades, picnics and baseball games.
Most of us will gather with family and friends, eat a lot of food and when night comes shoot off fireworks. In all the fun and excitement how many of us will pause to think about what we are celebrating or explain to our children why it is a special day?
Sadly, a lot of people have forgotten why we do celebrate this day. Adults need to be reminded and kids need to learn that Independence Day should be a time we pause to honor and thank our forefathers, who fought for and gained our freedom to make us into the United States of America. We also need to pause and honor the men and women who served and died for our freedoms on the beaches of Normandy, the fields of Viet Nam, the deserts of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan, the buildings in New York and Washington D.C. and so many other places around the world should never be forgotten.
It is because of their sacrifices we can worship as we please, we have the freedom to say what we want and we can vote for whoever we choose. Whether you agree or disagree with how our government is run, you have the freedom to say so. If you want to own a gun you have the right to bear arms and if you don’t believe in guns you have the freedom to say so too. You have the freedom to become whatever you want to be.
Enjoy Independence Day but don’t forget why we celebrate it. To all of you men and women who have served or our serving our country, we salute you and we thank God for you. From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, God bless America.