Even with all our current challenges in the United States of America, we are still one of the most blessed, prosperous, positive, countries in the world. So, I wanted to remind everyone, using a few pictures, of just what a great country we have. The sheer diversity of what is available to us.
We have an incredible richness that I think, after listening to the daily onslaught of ‘noise’ in our lives, we tend to forget.
When was the last time you took a walk through the woods with family, friends, with yourself?
When was the last time you sat in the shade, on a cool stone wall, with a 10 of your friends…some you just met in the last hour?
Or, visited one of our many, incedibly beautiful, national parks? Were within 200 feet of some elk, just grazing through?
If you have time this summer, before the season passes, get out, go see an airshow or two. Let our men in uniform strut their stuff, help you remember what pride is, enjoy an example of your hard earned tax dollars at work. It’ll be at least one example you can be proud of.
Visit a state, other than yours. Visit a state a couple or two states away. Remember, you’re in America! Take some pictures. Come back with new memories.
We allow you to do these things? Yep. Take advantage of it. And remember it the next time you vote (we do that here, too), don’t let anyone con’ you out of your freedoms.
The memories range far, wide, and high…
We have grand bridges, beautiful views, spectacular scenery, lush foliage, and clean air. Avail yourself of all our country has to offer.
We are a nation! “…one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The quiet majority knows, though many of the more outspoken among us forget:
We are a Christian nation. As a Christian nation, we are tolerant, forgiving, accepting, loving, and enjoy those among us who are not. Do not let anyone wipe away that which, first and foremost, gives us our strength, our courage, our sense of rightness—One Nation under God.
So, make sure you remember, think about going to church…better yet actually do so. For all our freedoms, only ~25% of Americans do so with any regularity. Have we forgotten so much?
Do not forget. We are the United States of America! And, we have the rights, the privileges, the opportunities given to us by those who earned it. Let’s not take for granted our continued right to exist. There are others who wish to earn what we have, to take it by force if they think the chance exists. Do not forsake their memories, their efforts, their love for our country.
But, let’s also not forget. We are celebrating the United States of America’s Independence. Celebrate it. Get out and enjoy it. Share it with those you love.
Regardless of your social, economic, religious, ethnic, or national affiliation please let me thank you for celebrating it with us.
In God We Trust,
J. T. Pedersen