This week the United States of America will be 243 years old — Happy Birthday! I am honoring America with a short story from my book, Insights for an Abundant Life, which is available to purchase on Amazon.
America, The Beautiful was written about our incredible nation. Kathleen Lee Bates originally wrote these words as a poem in 1895 in response to the beauty that captured her as she looked at the land below from the top of Pike’s Peak.
Woven within this patriotic song is a psalm of worship, praise, and prayer to God. The words lead us in acknowledging His beautiful creation, praising His great grace poured out upon us and praying for His refining fire for our great country.
We sing this song to You, Lord God. Hear the cry of Your people and heal this great nation, Mighty God!
America, The Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern impassion’d stress,
A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream, That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood.
From sea to shining sea!
* America the Beautiful, Lyrics Katharine L. Bates, Public Domain, 1893.
Take a few minutes each day and pray for your nation.
Lord, thank You for my country. I pray Your Presence will permeate my nation and every citizen will turn their hearts to You. I pray we will be a Holy nation and all of our leaders will follow You in every decision. Protect us, Lord, from the schemes of the enemy and raise up a generation that will transform our cities. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Happy Birthday America!
l would love to hear from you. What do you love about America?
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Cultivate Hope – November 1-2, 2019
Bristol Hope Assembly
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