Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thoughts on Snow: Part One

Well, we just got our first major snowfall of the season here, and, as we only got just under a foot of snow, how can we complain, after what our friends over in upstate New York have been going through.

Yet again, I am reminded of how important it is to thank God-every day-for our everyday “conveniences” … how I pray not to ever take for granted, and to thank God, personally, every day for electricity, running water (and hot water!), for heat, for shelter from the weather, for our vehicles (including my bicycle), for having a stove and refrigerator … etc. etc. …

 God has a way of reminding us just how blessed we are … and, if I may use the term “unfortunately,” it is usually when we realize or see, someone who has it “worse off” than us. That’s why I make a point every day to thank him for what we so often take for granted … I already know how blessed I am, and most importantly, Who those blessings come from. I want Him to know I am grateful … not just for what He has already done … but, for what I know He is going to do.

 We have been blessed up here in the North Country, having enjoyed a really nice, and extended, Fall season. I have had friends from upstate New York, and I remember them explaining to me, back when I was in Georgia, and had no clue what real Winter was, how they only had a certain number of weekends in the year when they could enjoy being outdoors, when they had “good” weather. I remember that it wasn’t too many weekends. They would tell me how they would have to cram every outdoor activity they wanted to do, into these weekends. That’s why they would “go nuts” for a few weekends every year, swimming, hiking, boating, just being outside in “shirt sleeves” for these very few, numbered days. God bless them! I have a small idea of what it’s like to be stuck in “Winter-mode” while I know most of the country is enjoying nice weather … but, that’s just part of it. Our Winters up here are long, and hard, and long, and hard, and long, and … well, you get the idea …

Robert Frost used to say that when the snow covers the ground, for the first time in New Hampshire, you don’t see the ground again until May. He’s right. By the way … what a great name for a writer living in New Hampshire! Just thought about that. I remember one of my favorite quotes from Helen Keller, how she has met some people who were colder than any Nor’easter she had ever experienced. That doesn’t really fit into this subject, but it did allow me to mention Helen Keller and a Nor’easter …

So, anyway, at school on Wednesday, before Thanksgiving, as we were at the door awaiting the arrival of Kindergarteners, we were discussing snow. One of the things I was the most surprised about, after moving to northern New Hampshire, was how so many people who live up here hate the cold … and, hate the snow. I’m sure that’s the same way everywhere. We never seem to be happy, so matter where we are. I guess that’s another subject for another time, too …

Anyway, there are also many folks up here who love the Winter, and love the snow that comes with it. In fact, they are thrilled when the forecast calls for that first major storm. Thrilled! I guess it does take all kinds … anyway … we were talking about snow, and how “white” it is. I mean, there is just nothing that is whiter than snow. It is so pure … so white … so beautiful (the first time it falls … then, “ok that’s enough … you can leave now” …). We were comparing our clothing to the color of snow. We had white shirts, but not as white as snow. We would point things out, around us, which were white, but, no, they weren’t “whiter than snow.” Or as white as snow.

So, later, as I plowed the snow for the first time this year, and, just today, as I raked the roof … yes, up here we have to rake the roof … What do you mean, “How do we do that?” With a roof rake, of course! Hey-I just got a new pair of Winter boots … good to -40 Celsius! I’m not sure how cold that is, but I’m sure I’ll need them. The old snow boots just won’t take duct tape anymore … So, as I was “enjoying” all this Winter activity, I really started to wonder, “Just why is the snow so white?”

So, I did research: I found out a lot of scientific information to explain why snow is so white. It seems the real fact is that snow “appears” to be white. The explanation was pretty elaborate … I didn’t want a Degree … I just wanted to know why snow is so white …

The bottom-line reason that snow appears to be white is because, when you combine all of the colors in the spectrum together … you get “white.” Really? Yes. Here’s the scientific explanation (highly edited):
Snow is a whole bunch of individual ice crystals arranged together. Basically, all the crystals bounce the light all around, so all colors of light are bounced back out. The “color” of all the frequencies in the visible spectrum combined in equal measure is white. So this is the color we see in snow. So even though individual ice crystals are clear, their combined form – which is snow – bounces off light frequency in such a way that the final result, as we see it, is “white snow.” By the way, individual snowflakes actually do appear clear when viewed up close (under a microscope).
Snowflakes are not frozen raindrops. They’re an aggregation, or cluster, of thousands of ice crystals that fall from a cloud.

I did get the opportunity to brag on God, about He is so brilliant, He is able to make every snowflake different … just as He has made all of us different. God uses what we would call “scientific methods” to do His work. I call this “scientific processes.” In teaching about healing, I use the fact that, since God invented the process, He can step in for a moment, stop or change the process (since He invented it), and put the normal process back to working again. Again, that explains why God can heal. He is the Creator of the process, so He can control it.

Now … back to snow … Why is it that “no two snowflakes are alike?” Is this true? I figure that God can make them anyway He chooses … and, if He chooses, He could make them all alike. Individual snowflakes all follow slightly different paths from the sky to the ground, and therefore encounter slightly different atmospheric conditions along the way. This, in turn, means that each snowflake will have a slightly different growth rate and shape. Because of this, it is very unlikely that any two snowflakes will appear to be identical. But while it’s unlikely, it isn’t impossible. There have been a few occasions when twin snowflakes were found. Since so many factors affect the structure of a snowflake, and since a snowflake’s structure is constantly changing in response to environmental conditions, it is improbable that anyone would see two identical snowflakes.

One more fact about snowflakes: An average snowflake measures 1/2 inch in diameter, but can grow as large as 3 to 4 inches across. The largest snowflake on record occurred in Fort Keogh, Montana in January of 1887: It was 15 inches in diameter! Can you imagine looking outside your window … and, see snow falling … with snowflakes 15 inches wide …

Well, that’s about it for the scientific part of our program …
In closing, there is one thing I have learned, which goes against what I had heard, before moving up here:
I have learned to never say, or believe, that “it’s too cold to snow.”
I also always capitalize the word “Winter.” I do this out of respect. It reminds me of times I have traveled along the Mississippi River. The people always speak of “the River” with awe and respect. You can just hear it in their voices. So, I have learned to speak of “Winter” with respect. And, to learn to respect it, as I have lived with it.

I guess I’ve getting really adapted to the weather up here. I mentioned that we just had our first “major” snow. This is true, but we’ve had snow on the ground for a while, just not a foot. So, this past week, I dragged the grill over to the center of our front deck/porch …. And, I cooked hamburgers, on the grill … on top of the snow …
Then, just yesterday, Thanksgiving Day, I was out on the porch … the sun was trying to shine brightly … there was no wind … and it was 30 degrees …. I felt like wearing a T-Shirt …

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
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Commercial Salute: Our Freedom and “The Empty Chair”

A friend, who is also Retired Military, sent me this video of a commercial presented by the Guinness Brewing Company. 

So many things to be thankful for … not just this week, not just for one day … but, for every day. To be thankful for our freedom, is to be thankful for, and to, our veterans. And, to those on active duty across the globe today. They don’t choose where or why they are sent … they just choose … beforehand … to go …

It seems so appropriate that the nationally recognized day of Thanksgiving comes during the same month of the nationally recognized day to honor and salute our Veterans. Thanks to our men and women who have served, and serve today, think of the freedoms we enjoy, and, please, never stop thinking about it, and the ones who make it possible to continue.

“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
Daniel Webster
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
General Douglas MacArthur

I checked on the background of this commercial, and discovered it first aired for the July 4th holiday … However, I had never seen it, so it was brand new to me … and, perhaps, for some of you. Even so, I’ve watched it many times, and I still “feel” it. One of our principles is that, if something touches and moves me, it would touch and move someone else. This commercial is a great example.
Don’t worry … I really did have to think about sharing this one, based upon the source. But, I considered who and why it was sent to me … and most importantly … I considered what was being advertised here: Patriotism.
I don’t think we can thank our military, both active and retired, enough.

Perhaps the music used is familiar to you. In checking the story of the commercial, there were certain people who were angry with the choice.

As I stood in class this morning, at attention, listening (and following along) as a Second-Grader recited the Pledge of Allegiance, I admit I was thinking about this commercial and what it represented … and, as I always do … at the “under God” part, I added, “Thank you, Jesus.” So, I’m not offended by the choice of music in the commercial … I must say, in an add way, to be honest, I’m glad I recognized it. That was something else I am grateful for.

The title, “The Empty Chair,” is also the title of one of the most touching, and haunting, and heart-wrenching songs to come out of the Civil War.
I’ll try to find a performance, and the words, for you.

Please enjoy this salute to those we honor, this week, and every week:

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
Founder, President, and CEO
Freedom Unlimited Resources


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An Evening in Mayberry (RFD)

It was a rare evening when I finished up business, and had a little time before I could sneak in and watch the “This Week in the NFL” show, which didn’t start until 9:00, so I turned the TV on to the channel which carries the old television shows. Since I don’t watch network television, except for sports, I am thankful we get a channel which features the old family shows.

I don’t watch network television, for the simple reason, “Have you seen network television?”
I know that sounds like an “all-inclusive” statement, which we’re not supposed to make. Pretty much the only exposure I get to network television is on the promos during commercial breaks during football games, and that’s enough to turn me away. I’m sure there may be some “good” shows out there, being made today, but they must not advertise them.

Anyway, the show that was on this particular evening was “Mayberry RFD.” They play two episodes, back-to-back, and I joined the first show half-way in. The story was centered on the town raising money to replace the church bell. So, scenes inside the church were part of the show. One of the final scenes showed the congregation (with all the cast in attendance) singing a hymn … a song which included the name “Jesus” … on television, a network show featuring the entire cast singing a song in praise of Jesus … A popular show at the time, I might add … and, still popular today … Did I mention the plot was centered on the importance of a church to our community … and the entire cast was seen, in church, singing a song in praise of Jesus? This show, “The Church Bell,” first aired 3-24-69.

It was like I was transported back in time, to a place and time far, far away … and, long, long ago …
I thought about how things have changed, and, perhaps, just maybe, how the shows of that time reflected our society … Does this mean that the shows on TV today reflect our society?

Anyway … back to Mayberry RFD … I thought, “That’s nice,” but, maybe this was just a rare show in the series … I sat in my chair and watched the second episode begin …
This show was about a city in Mexico, Porto Bello, which was to be a “sister-city” to Mayberry. So, the town of Mayberry had to come up with a special welcome gift to give the visiting delegation from Porto Bello. Aunt Bee (Yes!!! Aunt Bee!!!) had crafted a hand-stitched, framed gift which said, “God Bless Porto Bello.” The show, “Sister Cities,” first aired 5-12-69.

I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed just watching a television program. Watching Ken Berry, Goober, Aunt Bee, Howard Sprague, and Emmett. We love Ken Berry … he just seems like such a nice guy … have admired his work for years, including shows like “F-Troop” and “Mama’s Family” … He was also a cast member of the “Dr. Kildare” show … Mr. Barry is now 81 years old …

All of us remember certain television shows from when we were growing up. For instance, I never forgot an episode of “The Waltons” which featured Ron Howard as a family friend who was diagnosed with leukemia … a show called “The Gift,” which I was able to purchase at Wal-Mart, and have seen many times … I also never forgot an episode of “Mayberry RFD” in which Goober was lost in a cave … what I remember most from that episode, which I hadn’t seen since it first aired on March 15, 1971, was Goober, alone and lost in the cave, and his lamp going out … In total darkness, here’s what we heard: “Now I lay me down to sleep …” It was the sound of Goober praying. Well, I got to watch that episode last week …

It suddenly strikes me now that, in Mayberry RFD, as far as I can remember, “Opie” did not make an appearance, but Andy did (more on this later) … yet, Ron Howard will be forever etched in my memory as another character other than “Opie,” and then … well, there was “Richie Cunningham” … (OK, so we love “Happy Days”, too!) …

All this has really gotten me thinking about the past, and as usual … how things have changed … Is it just me, or does it seem like every time we think about how things have changed … how things aren’t the way they used to be … how things are “different now” … Why is it that we are usually referring to the fact that things aren’t “as good” as they used to be … that things have changed-for the worse? Aren’t things “supposed to improve with time …?” Or, maybe that is just wine … which should give another, clear understanding of how we look at the past, and how, over time, things seem to work in reverse … not “move forward,” as we are led to believe.

Anyway, I got the chance to watch another episode of “Mayberry RFD” a couple of weeks later (remember that “This Week in the NFL” is a weekly show), and, guess what?
The episode featured the return of Andy Taylor to Mayberry … with his wife, Helen … and their new baby!!! You remember the show about the “Four Godfathers?” The plot was that Andy and Helen came back to Mayberry … in order to go to church … in order to christen their new baby …

I am not making this up: Each time I was exposed to this classic television program, it seemed that the plot, the theme of the episode, revolved around church, and the importance of “church” to the community. Just so you’ll know, I haven’t watched it since, but, just from the few episodes, at random, I watched, it made me think about many things:

First, allow me to offer this: I get tired of people who will speak of those old family shows, and say things like, “That’s just fake,” or “That’s just made up,” or, “That’s not the way it really was.”
As I ponder these opinions, I think that it may have more to do with “That’s not the way it is now,” or, sadly, “That’s not the way it was at my house. That’s not the way it was for me.”

Yes, I realize that it was not “that way” for many families back then … and, now. However, the reason I was called to write this was because that was “the way it was” in my family, for families I knew when I was growing up … we were raised with morals, and family values, and the shows we watched echoed, or, more importantly, cemented that. When we watched these “family shows,” … ready for this … we watched them as a family … We didn’t think these families were strange or made up, because the values the shows sought to teach us were already a part of our upbringing … the fact that “church” was a large part of our lives did not seem strange to us … because “church” was a large part of our lives. The morals and family values which those shows represented were already a part of our lives, so, seeing this “played out” on the television screen was not something we thought of as “different” or “fake” or “made up.” Church and morals and values were part of our very existence, our everyday life. Period. We loved the shows because it mirrored what we lived … what we believed … and … ready for this … what we were taught at home …

When “Olivia Walton” (Mama) ran off to be alone, in a room by herself, and opened the Bible, read a passage, and, in agony, cried out … it wasn’t “fake” or “strange” to us … because it was real to us … it was what happened in our home … in our lives … the portrayal on screen may have been from a time which was years and years ago, but, what she did … what she believed … what she acted out on screen … was “natural” to us … because, that’s what my Mama did … and, what a lot of other “Mamas” did … in real life. It wasn’t fiction to us: We loved these shows because it portrayed, in a theatrical sense, our home life. It really did. We “bought in” to these shows because, to us, they were real.
Do I really need to follow up that “real” sentence with a reference to “real” shows, or, I think they call them “reality shows” today?

Back when the show “Dallas” was popular (remember “Southfork?”), the show was number one in the world. This was at the beginning of when U.S. television, because of satellites, etc., became viewed world-wide. I remember reading that “Dallas” was the Number 1 television program in the entire world. And, that, people in these foreign countries, who had never been to the United States, based their opinion of the United States, and Americans in general, on what they saw on this particular television program.
Has this changed?
Do our “present” television programs reflect our present society?
Do our “present” television programs reflect our present society do the world?
How could they not?

Here goes: When I watched those, what are now, “old shows,” they were like watching family. Because, that’s what my family, and the values and morals they portrayed, lived and taught. That’s the way it was, in my family, and my community.
What about now? Do the television shows reflect the values, morals, and community in which I live?
Do people, around the world, “find out about” how we are, as a society, by our television shows?
If television reflects us, how does that reflection appear around the world?
If TV reflections our society …
Look at TV from years ago …
Look at TV now …
Look at how the United States was viewed (and revered) long ago …
Look at how the United States is viewed, around the world, now …

Shall we hope that the world doesn’t watch TV …?
Except for METV … ?

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
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Video: “The Power of Words”

Here is a new, short video … powerful …
It’s called “The Power of Words”


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Victory Over Depression: Part One

During a session of Ministry training, I’ll never forget these words from the instructor:
“You’ll never look into the eyes of someone who has not experienced great pain and sorrow.”

Recently, God has placed on my heart to write about this, to offer hope and encouragement, and hopefully instruction on how to deal with what has become such a problem in our society. Maybe it’s because I have encountered, first-hand, people we know and love who have been having a real battle with depression. Whether it’s been friends who have come to us just to talk, or Carol and I recently praying with someone in their driveway, this matter of depression has really come into focus for us.

First, I don’t discount the fact that I know that this is, in reality, a real “battle.” The very definition of the word “battle” sums it up pretty well: “A hostile encounter or engagement between opposing forces; participation in such hostile encounters or engagements; a fight; any conflict or struggle; to work very hard or struggle; to strive.” How about this for a definition: “A battle is a prolonged and general conflict pursued to a definite decision.” That one really speaks to me, as it envisions something that isn’t “gotten over” or won quickly … that it is, even in itself, a continuing process … plus, it has the word “pursue” and the phrase “definite decision.” This tells me that a battle, which this is, can be won, but it may take time … and a continual decision to “beat it.”

Here is one example of this “process:”
A person who turns away from their faith: That person just doesn’t wake up one morning and decide to backslide, and then turn their back on God. That person has been “gotten to” by the enemy, and chances are … it’s something they have been thinking about for a long time … the enemy is there, taking every opportunity to work on the mind of that person … until that person is no longer under their own control … but, has succumbed to the wiles of the enemy ….

Please keep in mind that I have been in the situation where I have physically taken the gun out of someone’s hand … and I have been in the situation where I got there too late.

If we are a Christian, other people will know it. And, they will seek us out when they are going through a struggle or battle with something. Sometimes, the best thing we can do, especially when someone first approaches us, is, simply, just keep our mouth shut … and listen. The compassion we show by just listening, quietly, will carry much weight, and will often lead to other witnessing and opportunities, which may be the whole reason that they were led to you in the first place. The best example I can think of is when someone is grieving over the loss of a loved one. Just the fact that you are there … the fact that you cared enough to just listen to them … this makes an impression they will never forget.

So, every day, I pray that God will help me to think the right thing, do the right thing, and speak the right thing. Depression can be as much a thought process as positive thinking. They both work, pretty much, the same way. What we think about comes about. If there is one area where our enemy seeks his greatest control, it is in our mind … our thoughts. If Satan can control our thoughts, he can control our actions. Period. If we allow Satan in, he will take every opportunity to gain control. Slowly at first, and then … if left unchecked … he’s got you!
That said, victory can be ours … and in exactly the same way: If we allow Jesus, through the Holy Spirit to control our thoughts … the Holy Spirit can control our actions … and, if we will allow Him, Jesus will take every opportunity … He will give us every opportunity … to allow Him to have control in our lives …

There seems to be many, many verses I can use … all making the same point … that we are, every day, in a battle, a real war, between our flesh and the Spirit … I can paraphrase this battle by saying that, every moment of every day, Satan is trying to gain control of our mind … meaning to gain control of our actions … while, at the exact same moment, the Holy Spirit is trying to lead us in the other direction … make no mistake … this is a real, all-out war, and “to the victor goes the spoils.” That may sound over-simple, but, that’s really all it amounts to. Who will win? Who will we let win? The spoils of this war are our very souls.

Satan is a jerk, and he is a liar. His only mission is to “kill, steal, and destroy.” He doesn’t want your car! He doesn’t want your job! He wants your joy! Why??? Because … that’s where your strength is!!! The joy of the Lord is our strength … if he can take that away … to a certain degree, he has already won! If he can take your mind … he has already taken you. If he can steal your joy … he can destroy. I hate that that
rhymes …

Why do you think one of Satan’s greatest weapons is depression? He knows that if he can begin to sap your strength … it’s only a matter of time (and-he is willing to wait it out!) before you will start doubting … doubting what you know to be true … because, if he can begin to control your mind … he can begin to replace what you know to be the truth … with a lie … then, he’s got you! You will start believing a lie, then another lie … and then, you’ll have him believing that you will believe anything he tells you … especially about yourself … and, as a kicker … about what others say about you … in particular, what you are worth …

Satan is the master of what I call “the domino effect.” One thing leads to another … he knocks down one barrier … then another … then another … until you can’t control it … because you have allowed yourself to be controlled … then, it all comes tumbling down, and you can’t stop it, because your “line of dominoes” have piled so heavily upon each other …
And, it’s not just you he wants … here’s the real “killer” to the domino effect: If he can make you fall … think of all those whom your life affects and effects … if he can get you to fall … perhaps that can start a whole row …

I didn’t plan on writing this way, and, in fact, I haven’t looked at my notes yet …
However, I am reminded that to win a war … we must first know the enemy …
What Paul called “the wiles of the devil.”

The real problem is that with real depression, we will dwell on certain thoughts …
Dwell on certain thoughts … which will lead to certain actions …
Often, when I am speaking or preaching, I will, somewhere near the beginning, advise the audience that, while I’m there, I thought I would just go ahead and solve the whole world’s problems. I ask if they’d mind if I told them the solution to every problem in the world. I then ask them if they would be willing to repeat just four words … just four words that would solve the whole world’s problems. Here goes:

“The world needs Jesus.”
Repeat:
“The world needs Jesus.”
Now, repeat just these three words:
“I need Jesus.”
Repeat:
“I need Jesus.”

The real problem with the world today is that the world needs Jesus.
This victory over depression is a victory over your mind.
Who controls it?
I don’t have to ask about your actions.
Whoever controls the mind controls the actions.
When someone does not have the Indwelling Holy Spirit to fight this battle over the mind … over their mind … who is there who can fight the enemy? Without Jesus, the battle has already been won … it’s only a matter of time …

I pray that you will pray for those who don’t have this Help … that God will use you to get there in time … He can save them … He can help them … Please allow Him to lead you … to them … And, to lead them … to you …

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
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Quotes Collection: On “Courage”

“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”
Aesop

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”
African Proverb

“I’m not funny. What I am is brave.”
Lucille Ball

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
Coco Chanel

“Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.”
James Bryant Conant

“Insist on yourself; never imitate… Every great man is unique.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We must become the change we wish to see in the world.”
Mohandas Gandhi

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
Napoleon Hill

“Be a fountain, not a drain.”
Rex Hudler

“One man with courage makes a majority.”
Andrew Jackson

“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.”
Stephen Kaggwa

“Courage is saying, “Maybe what I’m doing isn’t working; maybe I should try something else.”
Anna Lappe

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”
Douglas MacArthur

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela

“Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.”
Andre Maurois

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
Jim Morrison

“Happy the man who ventures boldly to defend what he holds dear.”
Ovid

“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.”
Arnold Palmer

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
Plato

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”
J.K. Rowling

“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.”
Babe Ruth

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
Mark Twain

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
Henry Van Dyke

“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“He that is overcautious will accomplish little.”
J.C.F. von Schiller

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”
Virginia Woolf

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
John Wayne

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Looking Back at Our National Anthem

Over the months, we have written much about how, and when, if it weren’t for sporting events, would we hear our National Anthem? In fact, one of our most popular posts in recent memory was about just that, a post entitled “Our National Anthem: When … Where … and Whitney.”
That was back in April, and it is still one of our most viewed posts … even though, for copyright reasons, Youtube took off Whitney’s unforgettable performance at the Super Bowl, we still feature her incredible singing of the National Anthem in in Norfolk, Va, during her “Welcome Home, Heroes” concert, on that post.

Here’s a direct link back to that post:
https://pastorappreciationblog.com/2014/02/09/our-national-anthem-when-where-and-whitney/

So, after election day this week, the folks over at Poets.org featured all of the verses to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key.
We’ve featured the words before, but for some reason, today, the way the poem ends really struck me.
In the last stanza are these words:
“Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation …
And this be our motto— “In God is our trust” …

I thought … How about that? This is our, the United States of America’s National Anthem, and that’s part of the way it ends …
Since we don’t see that part much … and, really, how often do we get to see all of the words, here they are for you:

The Star-Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
‘Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— “In God is our trust; ”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
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