Monday, July 2, 2007

one nation under god

yesterday at church i sang with the choir in our annual 4th of july celebration honoring our armed forces and the freedom we all have in our wonderful nation. we performed for 2 of the morning services after rehearsing for a month. like my mom, i tend to get choked up when a song touches me. one song in particular (mansions of our lord) is about our broken soldiers being sent to live in the mansions of our lord. this is the song i thought i would tear up on during the services. but no! i bawled during the "salute to the armed forces" when members of the congregation stood during the song that saluted their branch. talk about emotional! as i looked out over the crowd, you could feel the genuineness that everyone had for the military presence among us. i also thought of my aunt karen whose husband steve is in iraq right now as she is left at home with their 3 terrific kids & how hard that is on all of them. it is because of these great service men & women that we can worship when, how, & where we want. what a blessing to live in the greatest country in the world!