I am an American… I was lucky to be born here. I am an American… I was fortunate to graduate high school in 1976…the year we celebrated 200 years of being a free nation. I am an American… I was proud to wear the uniform of a United States Navy Commissioned Officer. I am an American… I believe every human being has sacred worth. I am an American… I don’t care about your sex, color, ethnic background, religion, or sexual preference; if you love America and believe in what it stands for then you are my family and I respect you. I am an American… I will not judge you by your nation, by your government, or by your religious beliefs. I am an American… I don’t agree with everything my government does. I am an American… I proudly salute my flag and what it stands for. I am an American… if you don’t respect my country that’s fine just don’t expect me to respect you. Most of all, I am an American… I am willing to die to keep America free.
“What is it to serve God and to do His will? Nothing else than to show mercy to our neighbor. For it is our neighbor who needs our service; God in heaven needs it not.”
We need to stop shaping Jesus in some misguided effort to make Him appealing. Jesus doesn’t need to be like us; we need to be like Him.
Probably we experience one of the most trying means by which God accomplishes His purpose in our lives when we are forced to sit still. When our hearts yearn to do something for Him, or when we would like to be active and out in the world witnessing, then the Lord places us in a position of inactivity and causes us to learn the lesson of quietness and stillness. That, I believe, is one of the greatest tests of a Christian’s faith. God wants to strengthen our faith, and only exercise can give strength. The faith which is not exercised is a faith that will not grow; a faith never tried will never be strong.
“Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day.” — Henri Nouwen
“May the grace of Christ our Saviour,
And the Father’s boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit’s favour,
Rest upon us from above.”
“We should dedicate ourselves to becoming in this life the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity.”
“The great thing, and the only thing, is to adore and praise God.”