Flag Day Reflection

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Everywhere we go in America we see a flag waving: in our courthouses, in our schools, at our ballparks, and often outside our own homes. We get so used to seeing it that sometimes we just see another piece of colorful cloth instead of the flag of the United States of America. I spend a lot of time reprimanding students at school for jumping up and smacking a flag as they go running down the hall. I am constantly trying to get them to see that what they just smacked was the flag, and a flag should not be so ill-treated. It's just so easy to get comfortable and familiar, isn't it? God help us to never be so used to what we should respect. God help us to maintain a level of reverence and awe. On this Flag Day, I take the opportunity to say how important it is to recognize that the American flag that waves is still the symbol of the greatest country that God ever gave man. It still symbolizes freedom, justice, sacrifice, and yes, hope.

Please take a look at the short video clip below, and as you listen to the "Star Spangled Banner," tune in closely to each picture. They remind us of why we must continue to fight for America, why we must speak up for the rights of all Americans, why we must oppose even leaders who want to turn America into something unrecognizable--and why we must never, ever apologize to other nations for what America is.

God bless you, and God bless America!


Patty June 14, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Flag Day Friends. May we never forget those who gave some and those who gave all for our freedoms. We are so very blessed. Let's pray for those men and women serving our country and for the survivors of those who have lost loved ones as well as those service personnel and family members who are seperated by distance right now. Let's pray God's provision, protection, and care over them.

Sheila,  June 14, 2009 at 8:44 PM  

I'm a teacher also, and I can relate to your post. I give them the "evil" eye if they are not focused when we are saying the pledge.

Grace June 14, 2009 at 10:52 PM  

I just recently graduated high school, and I know exactly what you mean about students disrespecting the flag. I was in a place of leadership in my school, and I knew that because of that, people were watching me. Because of this, I always tried to say the pledge loudly and proudly each morning, hoping that others were noticing.

People just don't seem to realize how very blessed we are in this country. I pray that they realize before it is too late.

Great blog. I enjoy reading it.

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