Published July 1, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Associate Pastor Article

Psalm 33

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Psalm 33:12

“This is My Country” is not only a stirring patriotic song, it is a strong statement of where my feelings, and hopefully yours, lie as American citizens.  July is the month we celebrate our freedom. There are symbols of what our country means to us, like our flag, the Washington monument, and the Declaration of Independence; there are symbols of what our faith in Jesus means to us as well, our Bible, the cross of Jesus, and the church (the body of Christ).

We gladly say our pledge of allegiance to the American flag, the Christian flag, and the Bible during Vacation Bible School, but do we ever take time to ponder what our symbols of patriotism really mean and what the symbols of our faith really mean? If you are like me, you have spent a lot more time going through the motions than you have pondering the symbols of our freedom as Americans, and our spiritual freedom as born-again Christians, and the deeper significance of both. Take some time this month to really look at your flag.  Think about the independence we have as a country and the many who died for it.

Take some time this month to think about the cross of Jesus, the agony, the shame, and the awful price He paid, so that you might indeed be free to live forever with Jesus in heaven.  Then, as you proudly sing “This is My Country,” you can appreciate even more what America means to you.  More than that, as you read your Bible or ponder the cross of Jesus, you will sing with even greater gusto songs like “This World Is Not My Home,” “Mansion Over The Hilltop,” and “Let Freedom Ring.”

Thank you, Lord, for America!  How I love my country and my freedom!  Thank you, Lord, for heaven, my eternal home, and for Jesus who died for me to make me free indeed forever and ever.