THE FLAG SPEAKS
If the American Flag could speak, I think this is what it
I am your
and I am proud to be your Flag.
Together we live in the greatest nation in the world.
nation where I can fly freely in the breeze outside your home,
on the street, in your schools and courthouses.
I am not just a piece of brightly colored
cloth, I am a symbol that represents something great.
My red stripes indicate hardiness
and courage. My white is a symbol of purity and innocence.
The blue color is vigilance,
perseverance, and justice.
I was in
the hand of my first President in the blood and snow of Valley Forge. I was there when my
nation was born --small, with a wilderness at her back and seas at her sides, and not one
friendly neighbor to whom she, as a struggling infant orphan, could call for help in
distress. I saw that child survive and grow strong. Most forget, but I still see in my
memory those bright and brave young men and women who died at Pearl Harbor, Normandy,
Coral Sea, Asian Jungles, throughout Europe, Korea, Vietnam, most recently
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
they died for me,
I wrapped them in my love and draped my honor over their caskets.
Yes, I must
speak because their voices have been silenced forever.
I fly proudly over their green graves, praying that wars might end forever.
forgetting them, I rise every morning to watch over the graves of our finest,
whose years were short but whose service was longer than we can ever measure.
American Flag, have lived long, traveled far and endured much.
A million lives and more were sacrificed to give me the right to speak.
. . . I am
proud of my people's gifts to the world. For more than 200 years I have been packed in the
trunks and suitcases of clergymen, doctors and educators. Together we traveled to Africa,
China, India, Japan and all parts of the earth to share the good life we enjoy in America.
Americans, be proud of our country!
No country knows greater freedom than our country.
climb any mountain! Possibilities? They're unlimited except as you limit them with a
cynical, bitter, negative attitude! Yes, when you see me in church, school or flying on
the streets listen to my stars and stripes as
I cry out to every boy and girl, every man and woman. "Dream Your Dreams" "Dare To Believe" You Can Make It In America.
I am the
enough to know where your glory and greatness come from.
Glory," I'm called. What is my glory?
My glory is the freedom that I give to every law respecting man, woman-and child.
I live in
the hearts of all people who yearn for freedom to laugh,
to love, to pray, to play, to marry and have children.
have called out to countries, "Come to my shores and my side, all who are tired,
poor, oppressed, and yearning to breathe free. Come and I will be your guarantee of
say to my people, "Be proud, be humble, and last, be renewed!
If you get a lump in your throat when you hear the Star Spangled
Banner, or break out in a cold chill with goose pimples when I pass by waving freely, or
tears shade your eyes when you sing "God Bless America", never think you are
getting sentimental or weak: no, that is a sign of being strong, loyal, and dedicated to a
cause, a principal "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for
all . . .
Donald B. Carrick
This prayer was given in Kansas at the
opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Joe
Wright, Pastor of the Central Christian Church, was asked to open the new session of the
Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness, and to
seek direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call
evil good", but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess
that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word . . . and called it Pluralism.
We have exploited the poor . . . and called it the lottery,
We have rewarded laziness . . . and called it welfare,
We have killed our unborn . . . and called it choice,
We have shot abortionists . . . and called it justifiable,
We have neglected to discipline our children . . . and called it self-esteem,
We have abused power . . . and called it politics,
We have coveted our neighbor's possession . . . and called it ambition,
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography . . . and called it freedom of
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers . . . and called it
Search up, Oh God, and know our hearts today, cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your
and to openly ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus
The response was immediate.
A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, Central
where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with
only 47 of those calls responding negatively.
The church is now receiving international
requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea.
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on
his radio program, "The Rest of the Story,"
and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.
With the Lord's help, may this
prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire
so that we again can be
called one nation under God.
If possible, please pass this
prayer to your friends.
Remember the saying: "If you
don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything".
received this second forward and realized that it meshed well with the prayer.
This simple little test has a lot of merit!
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best
actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-raters. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a
3. Name five people who have taught you something
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel
appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired
Easier? You betcha!
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most
credentials, the most money,
or the most awards. They are the ones that care
Pass this onto those people who have made a difference in your life.
Thank you for making a difference in our lives.
|And then we received the
following forward which really made us think!
|Subject: Something To Think About
If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all
the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South America
52 would be female
48 would be male
30 would be white . . . 70 would be non-white
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth,
and all 6 would be from the United States.
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
30 would be Christian . . . 70 would be non-Christian
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need
for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following ideas are also something to ponder.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more
blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of
imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead
of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead
and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace,
you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare,
even in the United States and Canada.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that
someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
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