Today, Americans are celebrating our country's birthday. All across the nation, proud citizens don the red, white, and blue colors and party with fireworks, parades, baseball games, and backyard get-togethers. Even though I plan on doing the same, the following poem and subsequent song is a reminder to us all that, while allegiance to our earthly country is good, our loyalty to the heavenly country is of far greater importance. As we enjoy the blessings of living in the United States, may we consider and make certain that our eternal citizenship matters more.
I Vow To Thee, My Country
I vow to thee, my country - all earthly things above-
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the alter the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there's another country, I've heard of long ago -
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart; her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.
- Sir Cecil A. Spring-Rice