Friday, July 5, 2013

"Independence Day," 2013

It didn't feel much like Independence Day, with fireworks and parades scheduled for Saturday, with all the stores open, with our government spying on us, with the health care mandate working to suck the spirit out of religious freedom, with our government supporting all kinds of violence and abuse throughout the world, especially against the most vulnerable through abortion, and the list goes on.

So we need prayer, and at the moment, I can think of no better prayer than the following, our National Hymn...

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand.
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.

For information about this hymn, and to hear the tune, go here. and here.

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