Post 186 – Chaplain’s letter, July, 20017
“Oh, say can you see”, the millions of flags flying over our Nation as we celebrated the birthday of our Country? “By the dawn’s early light”, as we wake up with the freedom to choose the plans for our day. “What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming”, as we prepare to lie down with the knowledge that our military has our six. “Whose broad stripes and bright stars”, representing Valor, Virtue, and Vigilance. “through the perilous fight”, by those who are willing to give their lives protecting us. “O’er the ramparts we watched”, from battle fields around the world. “Were so gallantly streaming”, wherever we walk as citizens of the U.S.A. “And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air”, as millions of fireworks are set off and munitions explode on battlefields. “Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there”, did you know that men died keeping the flag from hitting the ground at Fort McHenry? “O say does that star spangled-banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”? It has been a standing tradition that it is never to stay on the ground in battle, so if one man goes down, another man picks it up to honor what they did at Fort McHenry. It flies over our Capitol and the White House 24/7.
There is another flag that flies over our Nation, and that is the banner of the Lord. Yes, the dictionary translates banner as a flag. He placed it there when He created our Nation. I know we see our founding fathers as the ones who created the constitution, but the reality is that He inspired these men to write this document in such a way that it has lasted throughout our history. It took vision beyond the time frame of its inception to make it relevant. It has been the stabilizing force that has kept us on track as a free Nation. It is the deciding argument in most Supreme Court cases, and our Congress has been held in check by the inspired language. This is what Paul wrote to the Ephesians in chapter 3:20,21: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever, amen”. Understand that God’s word is lasting from generation to generation.
Let both flags fly high over our Nation, and our next generation will be as blessed as we have been. Amen.
Taps as of July 26th: Harry Rosensteel