Happy 4th of July to everyone!!! Driving home last night was so picturesque. It was at sunset and I was able to see the mountains all around me. They were all lit up in pinks and purples. This line came to mind "Oh beautiful...for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plains! America! America!" (America the Beautiful) I love songs that are about our country and patriotic and I love moments where I see something and a song or line comes to mind that fits that image perfectly. (That is actually something else I would like to do is to sell my own pictures with quotes on them. I've got a journal of ideas and some pictures ready to go.)
This morning after going to the flag raising ceremony at church I drove out to Monroe to take pictures of the flags on Main Street. Every year for the 4th of July and other holiday's they set-up tons of the American flag all the way down the road and I just love to see it. It brings me joy to see the American flag so many times. I just recently got my own flag to proudly display on my house. I've wanted one for a long time and during Memorial weekend I finally bought myself one.
I am grateful for this day to celebrate our countries Independence. We truly live in a blessed nation. I'm so grateful for my brother who serves our country and loves his country enough to do that, as well as all the other men and women who serve. Most day's I take for granted the freedoms we are blessed with but more and more lately it is becoming a daily part of my prayers in giving gratitude for it. It is sad to see so much war and destruction going on in our world but I don't give up hope. I keep praying for the leaders of our nation's hearts to be softened and to lead this country in righteousness.
I think it would do us good to sing song's like America the Beautiful and the Star Spangled Banner more often. When I was younger I would go to church each week for several months and ask if we could sing the Star Spangled Banner. They said no but I didn't give up once or twice they let me have my way. My heart is just so touched and stirred by the feelings and emotions that are conveyed in these songs. Music is a huge part of my life and I am grateful for it.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July! Enjoy the fireworks! Loud but beautiful!