Saturday, July 3, 2010

God Bless America!

God bless America,

Land that I love,

Stand beside her and guide her

Through the night with the light from above

From the mountains, to the prairies,

to the oceans white with foam

God bless America, my home sweet home!

A local 5k race this morning started with a beautiful tune that we all know and love, "God Bless America." I did a little research on it, and wanted to share it with y'all. It was composed in 1918 by an immigrant from Siberia. Any ideas as to who this was?

Irving Berlin! He wrote the lyrics and then put them aside. In 1938, he was asked to write a song to promote peace before we entered World War II. Berlin remembered the lyrics and revised them. Kate Smith sang them on her radio show in remembrance of Armistice Day 1938 (when the Allies signed the armistice with Germany at the end of World War I).

Berlin established the "God Bless America" fund from the royalties that he received from the sheet music sales. He dedicated the fund to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Pretty cool!

As we celebrate the birthday of our nation, I pray that you will continue to ask God to bless more than ever before! Enjoy your special time with family, friends and fireworks, but please cover the US in your prayers each and every day.

Happy 4th of July from my family to yours!!

Sweet Blessings,


貴寶 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.............................................................

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I don't know about there, but it was absolutely wonderful weather here. Great day for a race. Have a restful and blessed 4th. Jackie

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

We are always more blessed than we know....freedom is an amazing gift to have.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Hearing "God Bless America" sung always brings tears to my eyes! Beautiful song! But wondering quite often now just how much longer God will choose to bless America. We seem to be turning away from Him more and more as each day passes. I'm worried that if America doesn't choose to bless God that God will stop blessing America. But so glad that today freedom still rings loudly!

Hope you are having a great 4th of July! We're getting ready to go to special services and fireworks at the church one of our sons goes to.

God bless! Mississippi

Kelly Combs said...

Love it!

Hey, do you know the blogger Bella-Mella? She started a running blog called
You might like it.

Have a great holiday!

Linda said...

Hope your July 4th was wonderful!

Leana said...

Hi there!
I found you via Wendy's Ephesians study blog. I love Jesus and running so I followed you :).