Monday, July 02, 2007

Lest we forget

As Independence day is fast approaching (and it is huge thing in our home town!) I can't help but think back to those first years of our country. Signing the Declaration of Independence was much more than just a signature. It meant that they were willing to lay everything down -- to give up material possessions, social status, family, and some even their own lives; all for the sake of freedom.

There were no fireworks back then (unless gunshots counted). No elaborate parades to help celebrate the day. No picnics or huge celebrations to go to. But they did have God and His Word, and the faith to follow Him.

They were men who counted the cost and found freedom worth the price. Knowing the respect and love so many of the founding fathers had for God and His Word, knowing the laws they set in order to guide this country aright, I can't help but look of the state of our country now and think how they would weep at the condition of our country.

God is almost completely ignored. Just a fiction character to some. Or a 'guy upstairs.' The Bible is considered a nice story book, if that. The foundation the founding fathers laid hundreds of years ago is fast being forgotten.


God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine -
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The captains and the kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet.
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law -
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And, guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word -
The Mercy on Thy People, Lord!

-- Rudyard Kipling

6 comments:

Ruth Ann said...

wow, thanks for posting this. Such a reminder as we need - the whole country needs. If God's people alone would wake up and seek God's face & pray, what a difference it would make! I love that poem hymn - I'm looking it up on CyberHymnal.org right now to see if I already know the tune! May God Bless you, Ruth Ann

Megan said...

Yet another camp picture! :D Great post, Bethany! You were meant to be a blogger! You always know the right words! (I have a lot of exclamations in this comment! :)

Kris said...

Thank You Bethany! it is very thought provoking... and soooooo true! I Love your posts. Keep'm comin'! ha ha

Kaylene said...

AMEN!

BrittLeigh said...

Oh Bethany, I couldn't agree with you more!!!! That was so good. It's sad how easy it is to forget the price of freedom, which in turns nullifies the quality of it.

Thank you for this precious reminder! God bless you, and can NOT wait to see you ;) (((HUGS)))

~Dustynne Noelle said...

EXCELLENT post, Bethany. you ALWAYS seem to know how to make a wonderful holiday post. and when it is not a holiday!! lol!! :)