God Bless the USA

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “The end of anxiety and despair”
Our Bible verse for today: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God Bless the USA”
I love the song “God Bless the USA” by country singer Lee Greenwood. I met Lee once. It was in the mid-1980s. I was a Navy officer serving on the aircraft carrier the USS Kitty Hawk. One of my responsibilities was to stand watches as the Officer of the Deck (OOD). The OOD is the one who stands on the bridge of the ship and gives orders like “Helmsman, right standard rudder, steady on course 090”, and cool-sounding stuff like that.
One time our ship was at sea off the coast of southern California and Lee Greenwood flew out on a helicopter to perform a mini-concert for the crew. But first, he came to the bridge to meet the ship’s captain and to watch the bridge team operating the ship. I was the OOD at the time and Lee came over to ask some questions. I offered him the opportunity to issue orders to the helmsman to alter the course of the ship and like a grinning kid, he did. Then he went down on the hanger deck and sang “God Bless the USA”.
Today is election day in our nation. It’s an important day and one to be celebrated. The privilege to vote is a precious constitutional right and it’s an essential part of the greatness of our nation. If you haven’t already voted, please do so.
During this time when there’s so much anxiety and despair in our land, I remain convinced that America is still the greatest nation in the world and we still have much to be proud of and to feel good about. I want to leave you this morning with some words from one of our greatest Presidents, Ronald Reagan:
“We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall in Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, “The American people have a special genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.” Reagan concluded, “We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.”
God isn’t done with America. We are still a great nation and we still have a great destiny, but it’s essential for Christians to be actively involved in society and in the political process. We have to vote and we have to elect good leaders. Do your part today and vote, and may God continue to bless the USA.  
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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