Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

July 3, 2014

God Bless America

CROSSVILLE — I pushed the small cart down the wide aisle of the grocery store. I scanned through the coupons I had decided to use. "Crackers ...  hmm," a new kind that I could get 50 cents off on a box. As I searched for that certain brand of crackers, I was taken back by a strange sensation.

Do I realize how fortunate I am to be able to go into a big grocery store and pick out any item I choose to eat? There is more food in this store than some people have ever seen. I stood there for a long time in front of the crackers. I wasn’t really seeing them anymore, but thought about the pictures of people carrying all their earthly possessions on their backs as they flee from their war-torn country. They do not have a choice of foods, but will have to eat what is provided or what they can find.

I recall working on a medical mission in Guatemala. The staff took a break from hours of work for lunch. I could not eat, as I saw the hungry eyes of children watching us. I could not give away the little I had, as there were too many to feed. They would never know the luxury of a grocery store.

How blessed I am to be an American and living in the United States. We celebrate this freedom and prosperity on the 4th of July. The flags blow in the breeze as the marching bands go down the street. People watching salute the flag as it is paraded past them. We are forever grateful to the men and women in service who help keep our country free.

Fireworks brings the celebration to a close. The crowd cheers and applauds the array of colors and patterns in the sky. Loud booms and whistles are a part of the night celebration.

It is interesting that President Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4th, 1826, 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence.

We are one nation under God with liberty and justice for all. The older I am, the more I appreciate the favor God has given this country. I appreciate the freedom we have.  “God… Bless America,” is my prayer.

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