"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
I just read this poem by Amy Carmichael and had to print it here today.........
Where is his grave? Only the angels know,
who companied about him to the end.
What was his winding sheet? Ah, a very low
all heaven did stoop, and of its glory lend
a robe of light. Was ever funeral
Like battle burial, sweet, mystical?
But oh, to know how the last hour went by,
the thoughts he thought, the words he would have said
had any listened! Wist thou not that night
to him was One who loved him? Comforted,
he communed with his Father; roar of gun
was hushed that God might listen to His son.
Did he regret the vanishing life that beat,
hurrying within him, fierce with mortal pain?
Nay, never never! Doth the corn of wheat
mourn that it fall into the ground in vain?
Oh, that thou couldst have seen his steadfast eyes
lighted and filled with joy of sacrifice!
How did he die? Somewhere a bugle blew,
and he was gone: I know not any more.
Only I was aware, as he passed through
the quiet borderland of air, a door
opened in Paradise. And musical
sweet welcome led him in to festival. (Z: I wonder who that boy in the image was and if he lived or died.....we can't know, but we care, don't we)
Independence Day has come to mean hamburgers and fireworks........the FOURTH OF JULY, which is fun and wonderful and so American, and who'd want to take away from that kind of celebration, after all?! My past 4th of July posts have been all about that celebration, but this year seems different to me, does it, you? No less happy to be in America, no less joyful to celebrate her independence, but I hope we all take the time today to remember all those who lost their lives, who still face death, for our independence, our safety, our sovereignty. I don't have to reiterate here what we're all fighting against these days.......from without and within. Please thank God every day for this country, ask for the ability to humble ourselves even as we stay strong and resolute, ask for forgiveness and wisdom, and thank Him for His assurance that we are in His hands even in these really difficult days in America.
Have a wonderful Independence Day! And GOD BLESS AMERICA.