With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Let Freedom Ring

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Let Freedom Ring

I love the 4th of July and I love my country.
A festive and happy time filled with fireworks, parades picnics, ball games, family time.
Yet, I am concerned that our Freedom might be fading...

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.
Words: Sam­u­el F. Smith, 1832

I found this Interesting:
In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.
source: Wikipedia
This cute, patriotic pillow shelf-tuck with the sweetest yoyos and bows was made by my blog friend, Cyn @Cynz Place.  She sent it to me as a give-away gift along with a very beautiful 'Blessings' paper bag album!
Cyn has a sweet Etsy Shop too :)


Liz - Imageremix said...

Lorraine, I'm very much in agreement with you about our country and the George Washington quote is right on the money. Thanks for sharing these thoughts and the beautiful images of your friend's really adorable creations. I am going to go and check out her etsy site. She does a fantastic job with her designs and colors! They are very appealing.

Barbara F. said...

Liz, you always have such beautiful and thought provoking posts. This one is no exception. God bless America. We surely need it. xo

marie said...

The verse from 2 Chronicles has a regular spot in my home and on my blog...and always in my prayers. I share your concerns for our freedoms and our country.

I love your beautiful photos today and your little pillow gift and the album are so pretty!

I hope your family has an excellent day celebrating our dear country!!

podso said...

Fascinating facts on the president! I love the 4th but tomorrow will be helping a son move into a new house.

May God bless America.

Maple Lane said...

A very beautiful post, Lorraine... Beautiful verse, quote, and photos. God bless our country and I wish you and your family a safe and happy Fourth.

Snap said...

Happy 4th of July!

Maryann said...

Hope you and your family enjoy celebrating the 4th. Quote from Washington was a good one

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- I NEVER knew that about presidents' deaths and birthday being on July 4th. That is just amazing, isn't it? I always tear up whenever I hear this old song-

Happy 4th of July to you- xo Diana

Cyn said...

I am so glad you liked the bag album! I LOVE making them! Happy 4th!

kitty said...

Great facts you shard with us on the Presidents!! Happy 4th to you and your family.

Debbie Huffaker said...

I totally agree with you that it seems our freedom is fast fading away. So sad. My concern is for our grandchildren! HOPE you have a very happy 4th celebrating with your family!!!

Maggie Ann said...

Happy 4th to you! A beautifull post....

Ann said...

Interesting trivia on the past presidents. very nice gifts you received. love that album
Happy 4th of July

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Happy 4th!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I feel the same way about our freedom! Great post and beautiful pictures as well! Enjoy your day of celebrating our country!

Liz - Imageremix said...

Lorraine, I truly appreciate your kind and encouraging comments at my blog. I hope this Independence Day is especially meaningful for you!

Susan said...

Hi LDH....Happy Fourth to you and your sweet family.

I think all generations have worried about things. Guess all we can do is live our lives to the best of our abilities and hope for the best.

My favorite political quote is "If you want freedom, work for justice."

That's what each of us must do, in our own way.

Your name is in the giveaway hat, LDH! You are a sweet and faithful follower. Susan

lindsey said...

Happy 4th July to you. My daughter lived in NYC for 7 years so we remember with our friends in the US.
2 Chronicles 7:14 is one of my favourite scriptures.

Winnie said...

Happy $th of July to you Lorraine

Gypsy Heart said...

I love this post...and our country. I am very concerned that we are losing the freedoms our ancestors and our active military are fighting for ~ so very sad.


Sue said...

A beautiful patriotic post. LDH, your gift is lovely, I will visit Cyn.
Thanks for sharing those facts about the Presidents, I too did not know this.
Blessings to you and your family on this Independence Day celebration.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

love the GW quote...great! Happy July 4th to you and yours.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful post! I hope you're enjoying a wonderful July 4th!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Yes, please Lord, Heal Our Land. Wonderful pic (first one); love those colors together, and a beautiful thought-provoking post, certainly! Thanks so much. Yes, Let it Ring!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Lorraine, I loved everything about this post. We are blessed to live in America. May God have mercy on our nation.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thanks for this wonderful patriotic post and photos. I am always blessed when I visit and find your beautiful photography with scripture. ~ Abby

corners of my life said...

I love your cute little flag pillow with the yo-yo stars. It is ever so charming.

Debbie said...

I really enjoyed your post...soo good. Hope you had a wonderful Independence Day...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful post, Lorraine! I hope you and your fmaily had a wonderful 4th of July!


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