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I Pledge July 3, 2008

Memorial Flag flown over the USS Arizona

Memorial Flag flown over the USS Arizona

As the United States of America dawns its 233rd year, I thought it fitting to take a moment and give honor to the country we love.

As some are cracking out the beer and BBQ, as some are readying their fireworks display, as some are whipping up their picnic salads, as some are watching parades… as some are strapping on their guns and body armor, as some are patrolling foreign shores, as some are weeping quietly and praying for their safety, as some are mourning the ones that will never return… I would like us to take a moment and think about this nation, and what it stands for.

So often in our lives we have begrudgingly stood, doffed our caps with hands over our hearts and recited a pledge taught to us in primary school. I wonder, how many have truly considered the honor it is to stand in freedom and say those words. My prayer this Fourth of July is that we can stop merely pledging and start practicing.

I PLEDGE …. a solemn promise, a binding oath, a formal vow taken with the knowledge of one’s responsibility  

 ALLIEGENCE devotion, fidelity owed by a citizen to their government 

to the FLAG the visible representation, the distinctive symbol of our Nation; representing the freedoms and rights guaranteed to its citizens. Its colors standing for purity, innocence, bravery, sacrifice, vigilance and justice: the cornerstones of our society.

of the United States of America a confederation of sovereign states united to protect a shared vision of self evident truths: that all mankind is created equal and endowed by God with the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

and to the republic…  a government in which supreme power resides in its citizens and is exercised by elected officers responsible and governing according to laws approved by those citizens. 

for which it stands… the values and freedoms that we as a united nation will die to protect

One Nation… One Nation means “… malice toward none, with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting, peace, among ourselves…” Abraham Lincoln

Under God… “”It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God… and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in Holy Scripture, and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

Indivisible…the union of states is incapable of undergoing division: discussion absolutely, disagreement certainly, but division impossible.

With Liberty… the state of being free and enjoying social, political, and economic rights and privileges: The power of choice.

“Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/ The wretched refuse of your teeming shore./ Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,/ I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus, American Poet, engraved on the Statue of Liberty.

and Justice… what is right, fair, appropriate and deserved

FOR ALL! …The United States of America and the freedoms she holds dear is our birthright, no matter creed, color or religion.

As I sit and pray for my husband who is defending this great nation on foreign soil once again, I realize that with great gifts come great responsibility and sacrifice. There are thousands right now who are defending our freedom with life, limb and time. They have been called upon, by this nation, to defend her life and liberty; you and me. Let us do our part to support them…

…until the last one comes home.

I Pledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “I Pledge”

  1. truhomebiz Says:

    Happy 4th to you. Our prayers are with you, your family and your husband. Please thank him and his Company for standing in defense for those who cannot defend themselves. I am honored and blessed by the men and women today, and all days gone past, that have afforded me, my family and friends, the ability to stand up and say God Bless America.

    Blessings,
    Joy

  2. dinu Says:

    Happy 4th 🙂 nice post

  3. OOHARA! Best I can say to you.

  4. dinu Says:

    Last Paragraph reminds me the movie ” We Were Soldiers “

  5. emuleman Says:

    Very nice post.

    Thank you for your comment, and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday weekend as well!

  6. cornishevangelist Says:

    All Things New, today there is a very evil doctrine being taught in some of our churches, by some very prominent preachers. They have decided to ignore God’s Word concerning what He is going to do with this earth. I guess that you could call them the green preachers, well, you certainly couldn’t call them gospel preachers.

    The Lord said, “…. The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men…… The heaven shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up.” 2 Peter 3:7, 2 Peter3:10.

    The Lord said, also not only the earth shall He destroy, but the heavens also shall be destroyed — even the heavens are not clean in God’s eyes. “The heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.” 2 Peter 3: 12.

    Now this is how it shall be with this old earth, I heard a preacher say, “God is going to renovate this earth.” How foolish, God never fixes up old things, behold our God makes all things new, hallelujah, praise God. Jesus told us in His parables that you cannot patch up an old garment with a new piece of cloth, and you cannot pour new wine into old wine bottles. You see Jesus said we must have a new garment and new wine bottles that has always been the way that God has done things.

    We who have the witness of the Holy Ghost in our hearts know that God has promised a new heaven and a new earth, wherein righteousness shall dwell, and the glory of God and of His Son Jesus Christ shall be in it. There shall be no more tears, no more death, or sorrow, crying, and pain, for all things will be burnt up, and finished, and will never be remembered ever again. For our God is a fountain of life, and we are His children, made possible through the sacrifice of His dear Son, who gave His life to save us all.

    “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Revelation 21:1.

    The Lord has said in His Word that He is going to give you a new name, Rev 2:17 a new song, Rev 5:9 praise God it just gets better and better, a new heaven and a new earth, Rev 21:1 and a new Jerusalem which will come down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, Rev21: 2.

    “And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new”. Revelation 21:5

    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO
    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

  7. inkslwc Says:

    God bless you, your husband, and your whole family. My prayers go out to you. Your husband is a great American hero!


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