Its been a month since I last posted to my blog (sounds like a confession, lol). I find it interesting because, for many years now I’ve been writing and posting daily. What has happened, what’s changed??
What’s happened? As you all know we are now engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation (belief), or any other nation (opinion) so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. With your indulgence I reference President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It begins with “Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” It goes on to speak to what we the living need do, “the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave there last full measure of devotion”. And it ends with, “That we here, highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”
As a child I was made to learn the Gettysburg Address by my father, as part of a school project. It has always served me as a reminder of the cost of wars and political and personal differences to our society. It would appear to me that we are still engaged in a great civil war, and I want nothing of it, It sickens me. We’ve been there, done that, and what have we learned?
There are many references and historic truths to rely on and learn from. And while our actions have not always been perfect, our accomplishments and opportunities available are impressive in this country. We can weather the storm, we were born to do this. In the anthem “America”, we were given this reflection, it goes, America, America, God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with Brotherhood, from sea to shining sea. We are a country founded under God with the foundation of brotherhood.
As I add another birthday today to my own personal history (68), I weep for my Brothers and Sisters struggling, hurting and feeling the need to find something or someone to hold on to, and, I weep for those not recognizing and recalling the historic lessons and costs we have already endured.
What’s changed I ask? “We forget” forget who we are, that we’re in it together, and where we came from as americans! Take a moment this weekend to read our declaration of Independence, It was signed today, July 2nd, and ratified on July 4th.
“Blessing on your journey”