America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!
What has happened to this country that wealth is sought without regard for godliness and where celebrity counts for more than character? Although I am disgusted by the political arena of this election, I don’t blame the candidates as much as their supporters who have indicated that truth and integrity (or its lack) won’t affect their vote. Our gold is desperately in need of refining. The refinement of precious metals happens only in great fire, but without that divine refinement our supposed success will end in tragic failure. May God have mercy!
Martin Luther King, Jr, had a dream. I have a prayer—for goodness and brotherhood.
O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
(For more thoughts on "America the Beautiful" see yesterday's post. For a much lighter look at our journey west, including lots of pictures, see my travel blog, Wide-eyed Wanderer. Use the archive in the right sidebar to find entries from September and October 2016.)