Maybe you live on the rugged coast of Maine, the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, on the tropical shoreline of Florida, or even the amazing Gulf coast or the dramatic Pacific shoreline. Perhaps your residence is in a big city, coastal or inland, with the hustle and bustle that comes with urban life. Then again, you might live in a rural area, where the production of food to keep us healthy and prosperous is grown or raised and the small town charm of yesteryear still hold some say. Or what about the beautiful mountains, from the Appalachians in the East to the larger Rockies in the West. But wherever you live, the blessings of America are at hand and they should be credited to a loving and giving God who inspired the hard work that became America. After all, He's the same One who gave us Jesus, who we celebrate on this holiday containing His name. We often take it for granted, but we should always remember from whence these blessings came and should be ever thankful for them.
And so it's Christmastime, a time for family, friends, gifts, food and fun, but always remember the Reason for the Season as well as the place that He gave us to call home. It's a wonderful gift and we need to appreciate it, nurture it and protect it always. Sure we've made mistakes, but if you've had the opportunity to travel around the world you'll find that America is special. She is a land with Founders who understood tyranny and hardship and they created it to insure that the inalienable rights from God were permanently etched in her soul. These rights belong to each of us as individuals and cannot be taken away legitimately. What could be better than that?
Enjoy the frivolity, the beauty and the fellowship that comes with Christmas. But remember, not only did God give us a Savior on Christmas Day, he gave us a wonderful land to call our own, a land which offers a richness and opportunity like none other before it. Cherish the gift that comes with being an American. And may Old Glory ever fly free.