bannerI know there seems to be a lot of unrest in our country at the moment. Just remember, there always has been. Sometimes it just seems a little more blown up than others. We live in a time where we see and hear much more than we used to and most of the time it is spun in the subjective direction of the person doing the reporting.

I was recently at a rodeo with some friends from England. At the beginning a cowboy on a horse carrying an American flag came out of the gate and circled the arena to “I’m Proud To Be An American” by Lee Greenwood. The flag was blowing in the wind made by the speed of the horse. As the song played the rider went faster and faster. At the end of the song with the audience on their feet cheering, He made a dramatic dirt throwing stop in the middle of the arena.

The flag came to a rest and the crowd cheered like crazy.

With great emotion we sang “The Star Spangled Banner”.

After the rodeo my young English friends said the flag presentation was amazing and emotional. One said, “I have never known anyone who was that proud of their country.”

America is still a great country and as Christians who love God and love people we can help make it even better. We know that love is contagious. As we take the love and the comfort gifted to us by God, we can offer it to others, and if we grow the love we can change the world.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Cor 1:3-4

Dear Christians, When you get mad or upset about the way your world is going, remember, we are citizens of heaven, and while we are here we need to make a difference in the name of Jesus.  If you are not a Christian, as an American, we have much for which to be grateful.

Have a great, safe, and grateful Independence Day weekend.