Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How Do You Feel When You think of the Flag?

   

     This morning, while in prayer about some national concerns, I had the image of the Flag of the USA come into my mind.  I immediately remembered what it stands for and how I feel about it.
     My mother loved the USA flag.  She shared that love with me and my siblings.  My dad felt the same; he was a WWII veteran.  My mother's siblings also loved the flag and what it stood for.
     Pondering the flag and what it stands for trigger deep feelings of patriotism in me.  I'm sharing this in hopes that maybe someone else will take the time to do so.
     The flag is a powerful symbol.  How does it make you feel, and why?

At Lincolns Tomb

by Everett McKinley Dirksen

"On the night of Good Friday, 1865, he left us to join a blessed procession, in neither doubt nor fear, but his soul does indeed go marching on. For this was the Bible-reading lad come out of wilderness, following a prairie star, filled with wonder at the world and its Maker, who all his life, boy and man, not only knew the Twenty-third Psalm but, more importantly, knew the Shepherd.
Now it seems possible that we shall never see his like again. This is a sobering thought, but it should be a kindling one, for upon us now, as a people and a party, has been laid perhaps the greatest responsibility any nation was ever asked to shoulder, yet certainly not greater than we can bear.
Our days are no longer than were Lincoln's, our nights are no darker, and if there is any difference between his time and this it lies in the tremendous advantage that is ours, that he stood so tall before us. In such a time and at such a moment we surely can say then, from hopeful, brimful hearts:
We are standing, Father Abraham, devoted millions strong, firm in the faith that was yours and is ours, secure in the conviction bequeathed by you to us that right does make might and that if we but dare to do our duty as we understand it, we shall not only survive
--we shall prevail."


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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Trump Thoughts

     I told myself I would not post this, but I changed my mind. I just can't stand to watch what is happening and be silent. 
     Now about Mr. Trump and the American people.  I don't get it.  In fact, I'm very disheartened by what has happened in the Republican Presidential Primary.  And the Democrats---even worse.  A corrupt liar and an old Socialist?  Really?!
     How far "we the people" have fallen.  Where have our values gone?  What about a president who has integrity?  What about the qualities of proven faith in God and fidelity in marriage?  What about proven love and concern for the poor and needy?  Are we so tired of  Washington DC and political correctness that we get on any bandwagon that bashes it, fueling contention? Is fighting to beat a bad candidate a higher priority than choosing a  trustworthy, god-fearing, and competent person?   Have our choices as a people been more influenced by fear and anger than faith and hope?
     To me the presidential Primary has become not much more than a political war, fueled by the press and nasty campaigning.  Have we lost our minds?  We are choosing a possible president of the United States of America, once the greatest nation on the earth and a beacon of hope to all.
     What made America great?  The people made America great by the majority of them believing in God, living Christian principles (many of which are shared by other religions), and hard work, to name a few things. God blessed us for this, despite our flaws.  Now we are not only forgetting God, but increasingly rejecting Him.  As we do so we are left on our own to figure things out, and other values fill the void, such as political correctness.  Contention increases and faith and hope fade as we live in a society which has lost its direction.  We also become increasingly vulnerable as a nation, both from the inside and the outside. 
     In the midst of this enters Donald Trump, a man I believe can not be trusted.  He is duplicitous, for one thing.  I have heard that his public demeanor is different than his private one.  That means there are two Trumps, and whether or not I like one of them isn't the issue.  The problem is that there are two faces.  That is enough warning for me not to trust him.
     I also think Mr. Trump is lacking in the values that make a good president.  He does not love the American people above himself.  His heart is not that of a one who loves to serve others and his country.
     I believe a president needs to love God.  That means he lives a godly life as best he can.  He does not need to be perfect (no one is), but he will need his faith as president.  It will guide and strengthen him. He will also be a personal example to us, which I believe will strengthen our nation.
    So far I have seen no indication of this in Mr. Trump.  In fact, it's ludicrous to me to even entertain the idea of such. The language coming out of his mouth tells me otherwise.  True religion involves practicing what you preach and putting the Lord first in your life.  That's how it works.  I see absolutely nothing that tells me Mr. Trump loves God.
     A godly man is obviously not the only thing that qualifies a man to run for president, but I believe it is the most important.  Without this we risk electing someone who lacks the integrity and strength to lead us.
     I love my country so much.  It is grievous to watch what is happening.  Please study the issues and candidates carefully!  It's worth the time and effort.  Please don't give up on godly men.  Don't forget God; have faith!   Oh please, please, please............please choose a godly man or woman with integrity, and then look at the rest of the qualifications!  Our lives are at stake.
     
    
     

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