Remember, patriotism never goes out of fashion

By Debra Whittington

Religion Columnist

Mark and I took a day trip up through the Texas Panhandle and I was amazed at what I saw. It was greener than I had ever seen it. I was drawn in by the beauty of the rolling hills and the fluffy white clouds. As we drove to the edge of the Canadian River valley, I almost gasped at the beauty of the view. Driving over each hill I didn’t think the view could be any more beautiful.

The beauty before me wasn’t just speaking, it was shouting to me of the Lord’s handiwork and I praised Him out loud for His creation. Over and over I would tell Mark to take a look at something and then say how thankful I was to see it.

There is no way not to acknowledge God when you view His creation. In Romans  1:20 (NIV) it says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen…”. How can we turn our backs on the majesty of His creation?

How I wished I could share what I felt with everyone. My heart was so full of peace and joy as His spirit washed over me. I suppose that is what I am doing through this column. As it says in Psalm 105:1 (NIV), “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done”.

We stopped at a museum at Perryton and as we viewed the exhibits I thought of those who came before us and made a home on the prairie. They didn’t always have the abundance of rain for their crops. During the dust bowl they watched their crops wither and their children and livestock die from the stifling dust.

At the memorial for the soldiers of the county, I looked at the young faces with so much promise. On display were several medals won including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star representing heroism. Most of these young men had never even left the county and before they knew it they were overseas fighting for their country.

Left behind were families who prayed for the safe return of their young. They were called upon to make numerous sacrifices on the home front. This was the generation who learned to “make do” with what they had without complaining. There was no such thing as going to a store to buy something on a whim. Even the young children learned to take things we would consider as trash and make toys from them. It is something our younger generation could take a lesson from the next time they want something.

Now as we enter this time prior to the Fourth of July, I implore readers to let the joy of the true reason of this holiday to flow over them and erupt into a sense of patriotism they never experienced before. Patriotism never goes out of fashion and no matter what our political views may be, we can all be flag-waving Americans.

It’s been 25 years since my Daddy passed away on July 4. Although it was hard to celebrate for a few years, my patriotism always showed through. When was the last time you broke out in song singing “God Bless America” or “America the Beautiful”? Do you get goosebumps when you hear our national anthem? I do.

While our country has its problems, take a break from them for one day and focus on all the good things. There is nothing wrong with some flag waving. After all, we live in the greatest country on earth.
God Bless America!

Debra Whittington is a longtime resident of Tucumcari. Contact her at:
dawhittington@msn.com

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