Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer me must, when our cause it is just.
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust!’
And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
One of my favorite songs to sing is our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. This is the case partially due to the feeling it evokes in me, and also because I’m a high note loving Soprano, 🙂 but mostly because of the reverence.
The third verse is my favorite, but sadly most functions and performers stop after the first verse. The only place I’ve ever sung the rest is at church. I’m really quite sad no one seems to know the rest of this beautiful song. I was commenting to the hubster that I should try to memorize the whole thing.
The idea that really strikes me comes from lines 4-6. How often do we forget to thank our heavenly father, or become too worried about being ‘preachy’ to acknowledge his hand in our lives when talking to friends? I know I’m completely guilty of this last one.
Especially at this time in my life the motto, ‘In God is our trust’, really hits home for me. We recently came out of a situation where we had to rely on the lord. I didn’t see a way where we could live on just what we had and that we had to go get food stamps. The hubster turned me around and talked me into trusting our Lord and rely on him first for our needs. It was a humbling experience, but incredibly enriching. I believe we as a country also need to turn to our Lord and trust in him. Realize that it is through him that we enjoy freedom and quality of life.
On this independence day do we give thanks to our lord? Do we realize what a miracle our constitution is? Our bill of rights? How amazing our founding father’s were? To have such a group of men on earth, at the same time, around the same area is unbelievable. These keen minds were able to create a new sort of government.
So much freedom on such a large scale has not been known (or at least for a very long time). The American dream is freedom, pure and simple, where race, status, and family lineage no longer holds one back. I’m incredibly proud of this country and today I’m not going to back down from these thoughts. Our country is great, God is great, and together it is something to be proud of.