by Macy Johnson
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the
the people he chose for his inheritance.”
(Psalm 33:12 NIV)
I woke up
early on the Fourth of July to watch the sun rise on America’s 245th birthday. The United States flag unfolded in the sky before my eyes – red,
white, and blue, with stripes of clouds across the air! It was a gift from God
straight to my patriotic heart.
sunrise triggered a memory from the time when I studied German and piano in
Salzburg, Austria. As I walked along the Salzach River one afternoon in the
summer of 1972, I met a family from South Carolina. They were there for the
Olympics in Munich and invited me to attend some of the events with them.
memory of the Olympics occurred in a room filled with Germans. An American had
won the gold medal in one of the competitions and the “Star Spangled Banner”
played on TV. I’ll never forget the pride I felt for being born in the USA.
Many of us have traveled out of the country. Some have lived overseas for years at a time. There is something unique about being outside your home country and looking in, seeing it from a different perspective. I have acquired a pride for America that has grown over the years after returning home to the states.
Earth is not our home. We are overseas on a long journey. Jesus promised He
will bring us back home to heaven someday soon. Until then I will honor my
earthly home and its courageous people for making the United States of America
the best place on earth. I pray that God will continue to bless America!
I thank my
heavenly Father for all the freedoms enjoyed in this blessed country. I hope
you will, too!