By Dale V. Nobbman
Hi, how are you doing? Just thought I’d check up on you after I heard you had been struggling recently. I don’t quite understand just why you have allowed yourself to become so overwhelmed and lost in so many ways, including morally, spiritually, and financially, but I have certainly noticed an alarming change in you from the America I grew up with a number of years ago.
I remember how all your best friends used to call you “America the Beautiful” and still others “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.” You know, I can’t recall anyone referring to you in that way for a long time now, as it seems a portion of your original beauty and appeal as established by your Founding Fathers in their founding principles has diminished over recent years. I really don’t know why that should be the case, because you’ve always had a strong Constitution to sustain you through all the trials and tribulations you’ve encountered over the years, so why are you faltering now?
O beautiful for spacious skies, I remember how God shed His grace on thee. You remember that don’t you? I don’t know how you could ever forget it, considering the number of blessings our Creator has allowed you to receive and bestow over the years. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten, but it’s just that I haven’t seen you give much thanks to God in return lately, and that seems very strange, and has raised my concern for you, because the America I remember in your stronger days always gave thanks to God. I can remember ever so well how you used to praise “the power that hath made and preserved us as a nation,” and how you woulddeclare that “all glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.” I also remember how good it made me feel when you would break forth and sing to the author of our liberty, the God of our Fathers. It seems like just yesterday that you were asking God to “mend thy every flaw,” and that “protecting us by thy might Great God our King”was your daily prayer. Those were really good days, weren’t they? Things were going pretty well then. Whatever happened? I never thought I would see you so down and confused as you are now.
You don’t know how it changed my life and thrilled my heart when you would declare to me that “mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,” and “in the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.” With faith like that, anyone in the world couldn’t help but see how you had become one nation under God. I know you must still believe it, even though you don’t profess it much anymore. Oh say can you see that you have strayed far off course from your original beliefs and affirmation in God’s guiding hand upon you? And that reminds me, I haven’t heard you say the “Pledge of Allegiance” much lately, but I can still remember how your kids used to recite it all the time.
You still call yourself the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave,” and you seem to continually proclaim that “In God we trust.” How could there be any doubt in where your faith lies? If I didn’t know you so well, I might think the current problems you face are from your lack of faith in the Father of Liberty, and that your trust is really in the coins and paper money you proclaim your trust on. I do pray that those of us who really love you can be assured of your true, unfaltering faith in God, even though it must appear to many people that you have blatantly turned your back on God’s divine leadership in all matters you concern yourself with in both the present time and in the years ahead. I can’t think of one good reason why you would try to deceive me or anyone else from the truth of your past accomplishments, which were based firmly in your trust in God. One thing I know for sure: We’ve been friends a long time and I know that God still loves you as He did in the beginning, when He gave you the blessed name, theUnited States of America.
Well, I guess I’ll close for now. I know you need time to collect your thoughts, and I pray that you will regain your strength for the days ahead. I want you to get well real soon. I’m here if you need me, and God the Father is waiting to hear from you. You can reach Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. I know you will begin to feel so much better if you will just reconnect with God. Once that happens, then we the people can continue to sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,Sweet Land of Liberty,” and we will be able to proudly continue flying the star-spangled banner with its stars and stripes forever!
A Christian American Citizen