Old Glory

The United States flag, reflecting the growth and challenges of this nation, has gone through many changes during its history https://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagfact.html. From 1776 until today, it has flown to represent a country that honors liberty.

Freedom is never free – it always rides on the back of sacrifice and hard work. The United States flag stands as a symbol and reminder of the sacrifices that serve as the foundation of the freedom we enjoy.

Today, may we honor the sacrifices made as we offer ourselves in service to God.

I am Old Glory.
For more than two centuries I have flown over this nation,
crowning its accomplishments and supporting its endeavors.
I have watched as divisions attacked and tore, and
I have swelled with gratitude
as the principles of freedom and unity
were restored.
I have flown over the people in war
and in peace,
and I have proudly waved
as the banner of liberty.
Soldiers have fought and died
in my shadow.
Mothers have cried and fathers have borne
the losses that were required
to keep me aloft.
 
I am Old Glory.
Though not perfect,
I represent the perfect principles
upon which this nation,
the United States of America,
was founded and upon which
it has prospered and grown.
Don’t worship me,
but stand firm in the defense of liberty,
of justice, of equality, and righteousness.
Only a just people, only a people attuned to right,
only a people willing to sacrifice comfort for good and
self-gratification for service
can keep me flying.
I am Old Glory.
I am Old Glory.

Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

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2 comments on “Old Glory”
  1. maryhopkins1221 says:

    Beth, this is fantastic. I’m passing it on. Yesterday I watched Saving Private Ryan, not a movie I recommend because of the language and the violence. It was hard to get through, but as I watched it I couldn’t help but think of our country and say… How dare you show disrespect to our God, our country and our flag knowing what so many gave for your freedom to protest.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

    Liked by 1 person

    1. gracespeaker says:

      It has taken several days for my thoughts about this to gel enough for me to write. Thank you!

      Like

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