Friday, April 27, 2007

God Bless America

I never realized how patriotic I am until my five-year-old learned how to sing "God Bless America".
She came home the other day from school and I heard her singing in her playroom.
I asked her to come into the kitchen and sing for me, and I was amazed when she knew all the words to the song! Apparently, she is learning it for her end of the year program in preschool.
It was so cute to hear her sing the words, and she really got into it. (I did video it, but haven't figured out how to post the video yet...Scott's working on it.)
It made me stop and think about how I feel about my country.
Yes, this country is not what it used to be. There is such violence, as the recent Virginia Tech tragedy shows us. And premarital sex is rampant, as well as child and spousal abuse. But, in spite of this, we STILL live in the best country in the world.
We have the freedom to choose where and how we want to worship God. No, we can't pray in our public schools, but we can still pray anywhere else. I don't have to fear arrest while reading my Bible in a restaurant or in the public library. I can still talk to people about my church and my beliefs openly.
I can teach my children to love and obey God. I can teach them Bible stories and Sunday School songs. We can pray over our meals in public places.
All in all, America is still a great place to be.

God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her,
And guide her,
Through the night
With the light from above.

From the mountains,
To the prairies,
To the oceans,
White with foam!

God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.


Granny said...

Thanks for the email. I love hearing the little ones sing.

Anonymous said...

You're right. This is a great place to live.

Can't wait to hear her sing the song!

Judy said...

But the million dollar question is, did you CRY when she sang it? I sure did reading this!

Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

Good thoughts, Kendra!

LZ Blogger said...

Kendra ~ Well spoken! All it needs is a AMEN on the end of it and it would be PERFECT! ~ lz///

Laura said...

I cried too...I hope that you can get the video posted so that we can all hear her singing it. So sweet! That is a precious memory.

Grammy said...

I still say that you should call in to WMGC Detroit Magic and let her sing for them. Each morning at 7:30, they do a patriotic tribute.
And, by the way, Merry is so much like you were at that age.

Rachel said...

You are right Kendra, it's still a great country but it sure has problems and seems to be getting worse.

I know you are just so proud of her!!! I hope you can get it posted so I can hear it.