Oh, Say Can You See...

You probably have the day off from work, maybe are ready to throw some meat on the grill, are just drying off from a dip in the lake, or are waiting for the fireworks show to begin. Because you’re celebrating the greatest of summer days, I won’t keep you long.

I hope the celebration of our nation prompts a thankfulness to God for the riches we enjoy as those who live in the land of the free. When you pray today before devouring the ribs and washing them down with freshly squeezed lemonade, would you remember God’s providence to you and yours for where you live on his planet and the time in human history when you live here? Two lines from Katharine Lee Bates American, the Beautiful (1913) play in my head today and ascend to heaven in my prayers. Both are necessary.

America! America! God shed His grace on thee,


America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating God’s gift of the United States of America.

As always I welcome your feedback and any suggestions you might have for an upcoming Lunchtime Musing.