A saying concerning the enormous patriotism demonstrated by the American people during WWII came to mind as I prepared today’s article that may shed some light on some of today’s gargantuan problems faced by each American.
“All gave some, some gave all!”
My thoughts are directed toward those who feel they must bend a knee in protest of our National Anthem.
Commenting on this thought, the below musing came to mind, so I dug it up from my files to share with you. To me, the flag represents all that’s good about America. The stars are our hopes and dreams, the blue is the loyalty due our ideals, and the red stripes are the necessary blood every now and then to water the tree of freedom. This in no way denies the continuing need to inspect the mechanism to see that all is well. Even Katherine Lee Bates noted in her famous song, “God mend thine every flaw.” To deny a flaw is foolish, but to acknowledge a flaw leads to mending the tear.
Millionaire athletes protesting the inequities, have little impact on peoples concern for the disenfranchised of our country. When sacrificial giving is on the discussion table the following lines from fellow writer, Don Talafous:
“The widow, and parents, remind us all that true giving, true sacrifice, is not of what we have left over, but of what we could use for our comfort or convenience if we didn't give it. Statistics on giving to charitable causes show that the poor widows still give the most: people of lower income give more proportionately than do the wealthy. As we recall the Lord's self-giving, we ask to be strengthened in our own willingness to give.”
The body of an American Warrior resting in a box at Dover, with Old Glory draped over it, is the epitome of sacrifice represented by the flag and the anthem. The sacrifice continues when the usually young widow with children returns home to wonder, how am I and the children going to make it?
To the warriors, their widows and children, I give comfort from Jesus:
John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.” (NKJV).
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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