God Bless The USA

Today I am reminded of a tradition my church had when I was growing up of singing God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood.

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

This Sunday my childhood pastor is giving his last pastoral address and I am sad that I can’t be there, but I am so very thankful for memories such as this. Pastor Travis taught me so many things growing up that still ring true for me today. One sermon he gave around Christmas time, when I was about 14 years old, was about the importance of Christ in Christmas and how so many people shortened it to Xmas. I think about this every year as I make my Christmas cards. Thank you pastor for making such a difference in my life.

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there’s pride in every American heart,
and it’s time to stand and say:

I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

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