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Be Thankful For America

Dear Church Members and Friends,

This note maybe mostly for our young readers, or you may want to read this to them.

I want us to think about Frances Scott Key (1779-1843), a lawyer and a poet from Washington, D.C.; you see there are some good things and people that have come out of Washington. As most adults know, he was on the British flagship in Chesapeake Bay. That night a fierce battle raged in the darkness by the British during the War of 1812. This was September 14, 1814, when the British bombarded Fort McHenry, but when the smoke cleared the next morning they had failed. Old Glory still waved as our freedom was still intact! Key wrote a poem that we now sing as our National Anthem, but there is a verse that few ever think about, if they even know it.

“O! thus be it ever when free men shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation;

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may Heav’n rescued land Praise the Pow’r 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!”

When we sing our Anthem, I ALWAYS think about those that gave their ALL to keep us free. When I think about the unmercifully bombing of Fort McHenry, I am reminded of the ongoing attack of Satan on our everyday lives. Just like Fort McHenry, our flag allegiance to God must continue to wave. Never give in or give up to any enemy!!!!

Be Thankful for America,

Pastor Daryl

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