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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Inspired by . . . Hymns of Faith: America the Beautiful

Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a reproach to any people.
(Proverbs 14:34)

Do you pray for your country?

Today's hymn not only stirs us emotionally to praise our great nation, but it also encourages us to pray for it.

God shed His grace on thee, 
and crown thy good with brotherhood 
from sea to shining sea.

Katherine Bates wrote the original text in 1893 while teaching summer school in Colorado Springs. The glory of the Rocky Mountains and Pike's Peak still inspire awe and worship today.

And, too, over 100 years later there is still a real need for a return to a national dependence upon God and a renewed pride in our wonderful land.

God mend thine ev'ry flaw, 
confirm thy soul in self-control, 
thy liberty in law.

Miss Bates felt deeply the message of her patriotic hymn:
We must match the greatness of our country with the goodness of personal godly living. If only we could couple the daring of the Pilgrims with the moral teachings of Moses, we would have something in this country that no one could ever take from us.


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