Wishing you always—
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire—
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you—
And all that your heart might desire!
and if things be wrong…
It’s easy to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song.
But the man worthwhile is the one who can smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with years.
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through the tears.
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Independence Day is a profoundly patriotic day for our family. Our family fought in The Revolutionary War, with no government to supply uniforms, weapons, food or shoes for their feet, and we won on principle and determination. Most of all, we won because we were a godly people soon to be a nation founded on The Word of God. Men like Washington himself prayed. At Mount Vernon, his home still preserved today, you can see a prayer journal that he kept with only a small sample of his personal prayers. President Washington had no shame in praying in public nor did his predecessors such as Lincoln up to the last President Bush. Today, we are so far from the ideals of President Washington. If only…
we heeded Washington’s Prayer:
“Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.” from the farewell address
No doubt, there are few today in our self-indulgent and intelligent society who could comprehend the meaning of these two sentences, let alone apply even a portion of the concept of morality. Proof in the decay of our morals is the debate occurring in the special session of the Texas Legislature. The media portray Wendy Davis as a hero to women and little Wendy minions chant, “Hail Satan” to Pro Life supporters singing Amazing Grace and children stand next to Wendy with signs that read, “Leave my mommy’s vagina alone.” Where did these children come from and where are the Al Sharpton’s to cry for the unborn; particularly, unborn black children who have been aborted at a rate of 1,876 per day? The bill does not eliminate abortions, Wendy Davis still retains her Pro-
Choice Murder, rather the bill would stop abortions after twenty weeks and stop the abortion mills like Gosnell’s of which Texas had their own version of horror. How have we come so far?
In our own homes is where the moral decay or complete lack of principle begins. We send our children to the public indoctrination chambers that teach tolerance for the most evil deeds and intolerance for goodness and light. We sit and watch the garbage of television and pay to do so while watching programs that tout immorality. The number of wholesome and decent shows that depict a family with fathers and mothers in monogamous relationships are completely non-existent. We don’t read God’s Word in our homes, but profess to be Christian, and never pray for this country. We live a lie everyday telling ourselves that Washington is corrupt and there is nothing we can do about it as long as what they do doesn’t affect me or mine. Could we find our way back by heeding this simple House Blessing from long ago (pictured in photo above)?
with God’s Word and principles contained in The Bible so that we find :
beyond what we watch on television and what our next purchase will be so that we focus on
helping others by serving with no ulterior motive to promote ourselves so that our homes will reflect
demonstrated to others so that they will desire to seek God for themselves.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
The future of Independence Day in four words:
Humble, Pray, Seek, Turn