Ran across this post from a few years ago...still feel the same way.
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..." Psalm 33:12
I don't have a Bucket List, but I do have a list of dreams. One of them
came true on Saturday when I was asked to sing the National Anthem at
the Permian Basin Fire Convention. (I almost got to sing at a
Maverick's game once, but that's another story.)
It was a tremendous honor to sing The Star Spangled Banner. Normally,
only the first verse of Francis Scott Key's masterpiece (which is a bear
to sing by the way) is performed at public events. I wish we could
also sing the last verse:
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
I do believe that the success and freedom of
our nation will be determined by God, and the extent upon which we
trust Him. I'm not going to start waxing political, but I'm just
sayin'. May we be "heav'n rescued", and "blest with victory and peace". We
praise you, Father, the "Power that hath made and preserved us a
nation". Have a blessed week.