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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Galatians 3:8 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  “America the Beautiful”  Topics:  2 at end.

“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Good News beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you all the nations will be blessed.’” (WEB)  (Read this scripture and more at

In the United States, the month of May definitely has a patriotic flair, with Memorial Day the last weekend.  Other nations honor their nation with national days.  However it is, there are beautiful songs sung that extol the virtues of a nation.

For the United States of America, “America The Beautiful” is one such song from 1910, words by Katharine Lee Bates, melody by Samuel Ward.  Let’s look how God is honored in this lovely song.  And, for all nations, may God be honored in their national ceremonies and events for citizenship.

In this first stanza, we envision spacious skies and the waving fields of amber wheat.  Indeed, a field of ripened wheat does appear as waves of grain on a windy plain.  And, yes, the plains states have ample sky.  But then the Ms. Bates asks for God’s grace upon America and goodness and brotherhood. 

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!

Verse two speaks of the grim intent of those who forged through wilderness to settle our nation.  Stern and impassioned under stress.  Wow.  You wouldn’t be reading these words today without all of that effort and determination.  But then the writer asks for forgiveness of our flaws, for self-control and that liberty may come through law.  What nation doesn’t want this!?

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

The third verse speaks of the sacrifices we remember on patriotic days.  Yes, they loved their country more than self and more than life, Mercy.  And our gains are to be godly and noble.

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 every gain divine!

Lastly, may our land look toward Heaven.  And once again, the song implores God’s grace on America.  How far for that?  From sea to shining sea.  How beautiful these words!  Not all nations have oceans on each coast.  What a lovely way to describe the breadth . . . 3,000 miles of it!  What a blessed thing.

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!

Anyway, as we honor our nations, we must implore God for His blessing and leadership even as we work through our daily lives.  And as we consider the growth of population, we may think of unplanned babies.  Lord, we ask that they may be born to live and grow in a beautiful nation – one that requests guidance and crowning good.

Topics:  Pray for our nation, and others, to be godly and to ask the favor of God on their citizens.
Local boards of education to honor created life

Posted by Gail Richardson on 05/23 at 10:49 AM
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