04 July 2012

Happy Independence Day America!

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!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov'd,
And mercy more than life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.


Oh Lord I pray this prayer for my country and my fellow countrymen...
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make His face shine upon thee,

and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 KJV

God bless my homeland.
God grant that we may never forget its rich faith heritage.
Aimee

Photos:
fireworks display
wheat field near Heirloom Roses
Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs, CO
my current favorite central Oregon coast beach
The Mayflower II, Plymouth, MA
(courtesy of my cousins F. + N. Blessings)
SW Portland
Willamette National Cemetery
SW Portland
small rural cemetery

Notes:
America the Beautiful
Lyrics: Katherine Bates

4 comments:

Grayseasailor said...

Thanks, Aimee...very beautiful...we are blessed.
Gracie <3

aimee said...

Gracie~
Yes, definitely blessed! Have a great week:)
Blessings,
Aimee

by Teresa said...

Love the images and the song.. very patriotic! I'm glad you had a good 4th.. we did too! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

aimee said...

Teresa~
Thank you! I was going to use God Bless America, but found out that it is under copyright and America the Beautiful is a great song! July 4th wasn't the best due to some challenges, so we will be celebrating Independence Day tonight:)
Blessings,
Aimee

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