On Sunday night Sweet William and I attended a concert at the mega church in our area with some friends. It was in honor of America’s birthday.
There was a full orchestra and a one-hundred voice men’s choir who performed over a dozen songs and medleys. As the instruments tuned up, I was enraptured from my seat in the balcony. I love to be where the music is, and this was an occasion to celebrate.
The concert was themed One Nation Under God, and I pray we still are.
The performers played and sang songs like “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” “Washington Post March,” “God Bless America,” and of course, “The Star Spangled Banner.” I couldn’t help myself. Sometimes I sang along.
One song brought tears to my eyes, “Bring Him Home.” I thought of a young man I knew who was killed in the line of duty a number of years ago. He did not come home. There are many others. Families are devastated by such heartbreak, and yet this is the cost of freedom. The cost of my freedom.
We’ve made a lot of mistakes in our 200 plus years as a nation, but this is still the best country in the world, the place where others want to escape to, the nation that offers liberty and justice for all.
Though we are divided in many ways today, we still live free. And this freedom is the gift we treasure.
Freedom is never completely free. It costs someone. Freedom is my treasure, my pride in the US of A, my privilege in living my life here.
I am proud to be an American. At the concert, I tapped my food, clapped my hands, and sang along. At the end I felt so patriotic, honored to live in this great country.
I dare not forget how blessed I am. Truly God shed His grace on thee, my United States of America.
Let freedom ring long and loud. And let us live honoring the freedom we have been given.