O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

WOW, those were truly inspired words. But I was caused to stop recently and look around and ask myself lots of strange questions.

1. Do kids today have any idea just how truly beautiful this country is?

2. Does anyone really remember why the pilgrims came here?

3. how many people know that God is still alive, and wanting to truly Bless America?

As I came off of this mountain side, I remember tears coming down face as I looked out the windshield, and I realized what the song writer must have been looking at as he wrote those words.

How far away from the concepts of the America that we sang about, are we now? Do your kids even know the words to song, or for that matter do you? I remember hearing to a championship sporting event in Philadelphia once. They took great honor in introducing the singer who would sing the National Anthem. Cool, a moment when we all get to stop and pay tribute to what America stands for.

As she began, to sing her voice echoed, with a sound that filled TV’s, radios, and the speakers in the stadium. But Oh the heartbreak, when she could remember the words, and muttered the lyrics. Brought tears to my eyes as I couldn’t watch anymore.

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

Till nobler men keep once again

Thy whiter jubilee!

Take a look, as Moe Bandy said in his song, “Americana” America is still alive and strong!

So take a look, America. Are you still standing strong?

So have you seen the magical scenes here? Or do you go elsewhere to find more beauty than we have here? I challenge you. Take a good long look at what really made America Great. WE can get back there.

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About Medicsmurf

I am an ex- NY City Emergency Paramedic. Life brings us new challenges, adventures, and downfalls. I look to making them all a positive way to grow. From here we only go up.

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