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 My Beautiful America

Jeanette (LittleGift) made this comment to us Americans on another thread...

I shall probably forget, but its good to be informed! Now and again I feel a gentle reminder to you Americans is needed, that the USA isn't the only nation on the planet.

... and she is absolutely right. We do get in that mindset.

I know I'll probably get flamed by someone for posting a poem about America because they see themselves as citizens of heaven with no loyalty to any nation down here. I would agree that God is first over anything this world has to offer. I'll obey God before man... but we live in a wonderfully blessed country. We have problems. We have sin. But we have also been blessed. Just being able to write on this forum is a blessing of freedom given to us by our Creator.

I think I've earned the right to love the country I live in, and for those of our brothers and sisters around the world who read what I write on here... I just wanted to share a little bit with you about why I do love America. The good part of America that you dont see on CNN.

Here is a poem written by Charlie Daniels.


[i][b]My Beautiful America[/b]
by Charlie Daniels

Have you ever spent the later afternoon watching the purple shadows deepen in the Arizona desert, or seen a herd of elk plow their way through waist deep snow on a cold Colorado dawn?

Did you ever watch the sun go down in Hawaii or see the stormy waves break over the rock bound coast of Maine, or have you ever seen an eagle fly up out of the mists of Alaska or a big October moon hanging full over the still Dakota badlands?

Have you ever tasted the gumbo in New Orleans, the barbecue in [b]North Carolina[/b] or the chicken wings in Buffalo? Have you ever had Brunswick stew in Macon or cornbread in Birmingham or brisket slow cooked over Texas hill country mesquite wood?

Did you ever drink water from a gurgling branch in Utah or stand on the mountain above El Paso Del Norte and see the lights twinkling clear over into Mexico?

Did you ever jingle horses in the predawn stillness of a perfect Texas day and watch their shod hooves kicking up sparks on the volcanic rock or tended a trot line on a foggy [b]North Carolina[/b] morning, or heard the distant song of a lovesick whippoorwill in the pristine Tennessee late night?

Have you seen the faces on Mount Rushmore or stood at the Vietnam monument? Have you ever crossed the mighty Mississippi or been to the Daddy of ‘Em All in Cheyenne, Wyoming or seen the mighty Vols run out on the football field on a chilly autumn afternoon?

Did you ever see the Chicago skyline from Lakeshore Drive at night or the New England foliage in the fall or the summer beauty of the Shenandoah valley or Indiana covered with new snow?

Did you ever see a herd of wild horses running free across the empty spaces of Nevada or caught a walleyed pike out of a cold Wisconsin stream, or marveled at the tall ships docked in the harbor at Baltimore?

Did you ever see the early morning dew sparkling on the bluegrass or the wind stir the wheat fields on a hot Kansas afternoon or drove the lonely stretches of old Route 66?

Have you ever heard the church bells peal their call to worship on a early Sunday in some small town in the deep South, or passed through the redwood forests as the sun was going down?

Have you ever been to Boise or Baxley or Beaufort or Billings? Have you ever passed through Sanford or Suffolk or San Angelo? Have you seen the falls at Niagara, the ice palace in St. Paul or the gateway to the west?

This then is America, the land God blesses with everything and no Eiffel Tower, no Taj Mahal, no Alps, nor Andes, no native hut, nor royal palace can rival her awesome beauty, her diverse population, her monolithic majesty. America the free, America the mighty, America the beautiful.

God Bless America

Pray for the troops.

Charlie Daniels[/i]

 2007/6/12 9:22

Joined: 2004/7/29
Posts: 204
Jacksonville. Florida

 Re: My Beautiful America

What better way to praise God than to take careful notice of the beauty that He has placed around us...the expanse of colors at sunrise and sunset and the world in a drop of water and His glory revealed in a drop of blood. The deeper and deeper science digs the greater and greater His glory is revealed.

Yes, this world is not our home but there will be no words sufficient to descibe the magnificance of our heavenly home if this is the gift He has given us here in this one.

Father God, I needed your touch this morning ... thank you for the poetry of a worshipper like Charlie and bless your child Krispy for sharing this with us!

bill schnippert

 2007/6/12 10:23Profile

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