Power

 

Today we witness the Peaceful Transition of Power in the United States of America. Power of the people use their right to vote without fear of life, limb, or liberties. The result of our elections may not be popular by all, but, owing these liberties to the Republic, for which it stands, we unify, we come together, we celebrate, if for just a day, our way of life under The Constitution of the United States.  

 

The Declaration of Independence

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in general congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”                  

The Constitution of the United States of America

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”  

In 1954, Congress added the words “under God,” creating the thirty-one word pledge we say today.

The Pledge of Allegiance

“I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

Dear Lord, this January the twentieth day of 2017, I pray that all citizens of the United States take a moment to breathe, relax, reflect, and remember that we are members of the grand experiment the formation of a Republic by the People. Since 1776, the time period of which I can only imagine based upon the histories written, we have grown from thirteen colonies into fifty states. I have participated in the election process when I became of legal age to do so. Each time I vote, I feel the responsibility of my actions and the privileges provided by those that lived and died before me. I thank You, Dear Lord, for the miracle that I was born into a country so blessed. Through my travels to other countries, I do realize and understand what a true blessing it is to live in these United States! I thank You, Dear Lord, for the many ways Your Name is honored in our treasured political documents. I thank You for the many lives lived in service to our country to protect and preserve the liberties, rights, freedoms, and responsibilities, ALL American citizens share.

Please be with our new President-elect as he takes the oath of office today. Bless him with the strength, courage, and wisdom, to act in the best interest of we the people. Bless his family, friends, counselors, advisors, cabinet, Congress, the House of Representatives, and the Supreme Court of America. Give our country the grace to allow the transition of power to happen peacefully, graciously, respectfully. Whatever it takes, please bless this Union, and guide all our leaders to make decisions based on their convictions that we the people gave them the authority to make. God, You are the Supreme Power and Authority, that I believe. Your name appears upon our sacred political documents. I pray that Your name will be honored today, and in the coming days. Dear Lord, we live in a scary world right now. I ask for protection for me and mine, and especially for the country I hold so dear to my heart. Grant us peace today, so that we can show the world that we are still united in our common principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with all its rights and responsibilities.  Amen

 

God Bless America  by Irving Berlin
God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above
From the mountains to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home
From the mountains to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home
God bless America, my home sweet home

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