"One Nation"    1-14-2020

When I was in the 3rd grade at Central School in my hometown of Abingdon, VA, each morning we would stand facing the flag above the blackboard, with our hand over our heart and "pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America." Also, as a Girl Scout I promised, "On my honor I will try to do my duty to God and my country, to love other people at all times, and to obey the Girl Scout Law." Many years later when my husband entered the US Air Force Academy as a cadet, he also pledged his allegiance to honor, protect and defend our great nation.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Those of us born in America believe in this sacred trust. Also, those who become naturalized want to be good citizens of this great nation. As I say the word "indivisible", I wonder if it applies to our nation today. We have become divided over many issues, and are very vocal about our beliefs. The two political parties are tearing apart our allegiance to this nation. When did we develop such hatred for it, and each other? We need to STOP, and remember the last part of the pledge--"with liberty and justice for all." As our great statesman, Benjamin Franklin, said, "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly we will all hang separately." We are one nation, composed of people from many different lands. We vote, we elect, and we should honor our country's representatives who have pledged to lead us in the best way.

When a nation fights within itself, it becomes vulnerable, and opens up for another nation to come and take over. Do we really want to come under the control of any other nation on earth? I don't think so! Let reason rise above riots in words and deeds. We are "one nation"; let's keep her strong!

  (My second book, "Only by Grace--A Kingdom Message" is available from WestBow Press.com, B&N.com and Amazon.com. It is a paperback for $9.95.)

 Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace  Gift of Grace Ministries  asgrace55@yahoo.com 

"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).