God Shed His Grace on Thee





The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. At that time, a new nation was formed – the United States of America.

The most quoted line from the Declaration is “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Thankfully, we still live under that declaration and have many freedoms in our lives. The power of choice is one of the greatest freedoms we have. We must never take it for granted. We also have the freedom to follow our dreams, to live out our faith, worship and pray and to vote.

The song “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Bates in 1893 as a poem. Later it was put to music. We are all familiar with the song America the Beautiful and we’ve sung it many times, but have you ever listened to the words? All the words?

I think “America the Beautiful is a true representation of our nation’s principles. Many people see it as outdated and meaningless, but I believe the song carries a LOT of meaning.

As you celebrate Independence Day, take time to remember our founders and the countless men who sacrificed and died for our freedom – to make America the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”.

We take our freedom for granted. Imagine waking up in a land without those freedoms. Think of the millions that do.

Pray for our country, that we hold onto our sacred beliefs and keep America in God’s graces.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33:12


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About Gail Pinder

I was born in New Jersey and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. I have lived in many places – Texas, Arkansas, Delaware and finally Michigan. Several years ago, I met a wonderful man – a Vietnam Navy vet who shares my love of God and Country! We have been happily married for more than 18 years. I have two children of my own and Emery has two children. We have four wonderful grandchildren. Emery and I both have Multiple Sclerosis. He is now in a powerchair and I am his caregiver. Life is somewhat challenging, but we do the best we can. We tell everyone that “We have MS, but it doesn’t have us!” I have always loved to write and my dream was to becoming a “writer”. PICC gave me a window to my dream and an opportunity to share my thoughts with others. Our faith is strong and I don’t know where we would be without it. We are determined to spread a little sunshine in a darkened world.