By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
Almost all Americans know the famous words of “God Bless America” by heart.
God bless America, land that I love Stand beside her and guide her Through the night with the light from above
From the mountains to the prairies To the oceans white with foam God bless America, my home sweet home
This patriotic song, often heard at community and sporting events, as well as other special gatherings, is typically sung to honor the United States of America and the brave women and men in our military.
As we celebrate Independence Day, take a moment today to focus on the meaning of these words to us as Americans.
The lyrics “God bless America,” makes me feel great pride for America as I think of how special it is to be blessed by God, as an individual, and as an entire country.
Whereas, the lyrics “Land that I love” makes me feel a great responsibility to care, respect, and love America because God has blessed it.
The lyrics, “Stand beside her and guide her, through the night with a light from above,” should genuinely resonate with us today, as we believe that God shines a light to guide us through troubled times. We seek God’s direction to guide us through this pandemic and uncertainty.
As much as we need to trust God’s guidance, it is equally as important to focus on how God has blessed our country: “From the mountains to the prairies. To the oceans, white with foam.”
Our country is a land of opportunity, a nation with so much beauty that we often take for granted, and no matter what your background is, it is essential to remember that America is our home, “My home, sweet home.”
Follow God’s direction and treat your home with respect and love. The country and all of our communities will be much better because of it.