Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Light and Glory

America, my country.

A land birthed with faith and prayer and hard work and sacrifice.

 heading out to watch fireworks on the lake

George Washington declared in his first inaugural address,

"I must express my gratitude to the Almighty. No people can acknowledge the invisible hand of God more than the people of the United Sates. Every step toward independence was protected by his hand. Let us remember that the smiles of heaven will continue on a nation only when it heeds the eternal rules of right and order."*

 boats gathering

John Adams, in a letter to his wife, predicted that the day the declaration passed would be the most memorable in the history of America. Then he added,

the beginning of the show, shot off the island

"I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these Sates. Yet through the gloom I can see rays of ravishing light and glory."*

This year, the rockets glared red,
the bombs burst in air, booming and echoing and reflecting across the water, declaring,
the flag is still here,
o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And I pray again,
America, America, God shed His grace on thee.

My we reflect Your Light and Your Glory. Amen.

*The Light and the Glory for Children by Peter Marshal & David Manuel,  p157, 143

Shared today for You Capture:America @  And pardon the not completely perfect photos. Night shots are hard enough. Night shots when on a rocking boat are nearly impossible! But I got out there and tried something new. And it was a challenge! Which is what You Capture is all about!