Happy 245th Birthday USofA

The Color Guard

Obviously, I did not paint this picture. But what a wonderful 4th of July I shared with my husband and our family! After 18 or so months of discouraging words, masks, and social distancing, it was a joy to see countless patriotic Americans celebrating the anniversary of our freedom with big smiles on their faces! Kids waved florescent wrist bands and tiny flags, lawn chairs and picnic baskets dotted the grassy park, and thousands of people filled Veteran’s Memorial Park in the southern Arizona town of Sierra Vista for an impressive display of fireworks. The evening opened up with the color guard and a beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner followed by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with members from Fort Huachuca’s military firing off howitzer canons. Don’t miss it if you’re in the neighborhood next year.

America, we pray for you. The Land of the free and the Home of the brave doesn’t seem so free or brave any longer. But You have promised us that You hear us when we pray, so we pray your words back to you, lifting our government and civic leaders before You, and praying Your blessing and healing on our nation..

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” Acts 17:26

“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” Prov 11:14

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Prov 14:34

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:14

GOD BLESS AMERICAwritten by Irving Berlin

God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home sweet home.


In Memorium and With Gratitude

On this Memorial Day set aside to remember and honor great sacrifices and horrific loss, I think of the unstoppable flow of tears shed over each battle-worn warrior over countless generations. We remember those wounded and those lives lost as well as those left behind to face a life of loneliness and struggle. We are an imperfect nation in an imperfect world yet men and women still choose to put their own lives on hold to fight for and defend our freedoms. For those trying to make sense of grief and loss, we pray for peace and comfort. We acknowledge not only those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but the sacrifice of those family members who have been left behind.

It seems our country has made a hard turn in a confusing and unfamiliar direction. Many of us hardly recognize the America we thought we knew. It is especially important in these times that we pray for those who fight to save, defend, heal and lead our nation.

Heavenly Father, we pray for those serving our nation around the world and for those in leadership over us. We pray for truth to be revealed. We pray for wisdom to be reborn. We pray for protection over the most vulnerable. And we ask for Your undeserved blessing on our nation as we pray for forgiveness and for the healing of our land.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14

As we remember the ultimate sacrifice of our military warriors today, let’s remember the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who laid down His life for us that we might live.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil 2:8

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

Remembering today~