Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July!!



We the people. Perhaps we the people should ask ourselves, as Daniel Webster once did: “How much is all this worth?”  How much is it worth to live where one wishes? to work at what one wishes? to worship as one wishes? How much is it worth to have the right to live with loved ones? to listen to the laughter of children? to walk home and find loved faces unafraid? How much is it worth to own personal property? to have personal privacy? to preserve human dignity? How much is it worth to have an education offered to everyone? How much is it worth to express freely an opinion, to move freely from place to place, with an openness of life, with peace of mind and quiet conviction and enjoyment of the great and good earth that God has given us? Despite some encroachments on freedom, and the unwise relinquishment of some rights, still blessed beyond belief, still precious beyond price is the freedom our forebears paid for—the freedom which is God-given, but which yet has to be earned, over and over again. How much is all this worth? It must be worth the willingness to work, to serve, to live with loyalty and allegiance, with respect for self, for others, for life, for law, for loved ones, with cleanliness and honorable conduct. Thank God for liberty and for the Constitution of our country. No nation ever had its equal in making possible the full, free living of life. And we who are living on the short side of life are earnestly anxious that you who have longer yet to live may know, as Andrew Jackson said it, that “no free government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism.” Oh, “let us turn our thoughts to the character of our country,” so that we the people and our children and their children may thankfully say, “Thank God my life has been spent in a land of liberty."


“Our fathers’ God to thee,
Author of liberty,
To thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light.
Protect us by thy might,
Great God, our King!"
 
Happy 4th of July!  God Bless America!
Hugs and Blessings,

7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post. I'm so thankful for the men and woman who think our country, our freedom is worth it and join the military. I love living in the land of liberty! Have a blessed 4th!

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  2. Absolutely marvelous post. Gives us much to think upon. I love this painting and was touched by it the first time I laid eyes on it. Have debated about purchasing it. May still do it as a reminder of "all" I have been given and for those who have given so much. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. Have a great 4th of July Weekend! Nola

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  3. Hi Barb,

    Very, very moving post. I love this land...God Bless the USA! Have a wonderful 4th with your loved ones!

    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  4. A wonderful post Barb. What a beautiful painting in the video...it's amazing. I am so thankful for all that we have been given in America...we are so blessed!

    Have a fabulous July 4th weekend!

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  5. I have never really thought of "how much is it all worth..." It almost made me cry to read those things because all of them are worth so much to me!!! Today I have been a little sad because Max arrived in Quitar and gets to spend his first Independence Day there, fighting for our independence here!! excited to see you tonight!!

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  6. Happy Belated 4th of July, Barb!

    Blessings,

    Gina

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