Have you ever sung all the verses of America the Beautiful?
It’s starts off with spacious skies and amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties and fruited plain.
Lyrics that paint a descriptive picture of this beautiful country that we live in.
But what about the rest of the story?
When you sing America the Beautiful…..don’t stop at brotherhood and from sea to shining sea.
The heart of the song and the reason why we are celebrating our independence today are found in the words of the third verse:
“O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating st
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life.
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine.”
Who more than self their country loved.
Those long ago patriots and founding forefathers didn’t know what the future held.
They were farmers and shopkeepers and merchants.
And they risked everything they had…..everything.…..
…..to create a country where all men are created equal.
And so today….as our country turns 238….I’m thankful.
I’m thankful for fireworks and sparklers and cookouts and the Star Spangled Banner.
I’m thankful for old glory.
I’m thankful for the red, white and blue.
But most of all…..I count my blessings every day that I live…..
….in the home of the free and the land of the brave.
Happy Fourth of July. 🙂
PS I’ll leave you with a few more pictures from one of the original 13 colonies. 🙂