A Very Special “Independence Day” Tune-up

The Silver Moon Knows, When The Sun Goes Away…

Its been ten very long and painful years since I wrote “Independence Day” on July 3rd, 2009. I say long because the good times go fast, and the bad times slow. I say painful, because no American who loves his or her country bears watching it being torn apart as we have, without suffering tremendously.

Yesterday we fasted and prayed with focus on Mathew 10:16, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” It’s a pretty crazy hour in America, no? Our country seems caught in some schizophrenic/personality-disorder spell. On the day this President wants to throw the biggest celebration of our founding ever, at least a very miserable third of this country want to burn the flag and erase our founding. And the problem is that this third has the backing of some very powerful people, as well as he who rules this world.

Joel posted this on my hometown page yesterday:  This wonderful song was first sung in Boston, July 4th, 1831. We used to sing it in public high school in our home room along with the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. That was a long time ago at Ramapo H.S. in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Mr. Martin, a very hip teacher, was our home room leader. Life was simpler then.

My Country, ’tis of thee,                                                                                                Sweet land of liberty,                                                                                                               Of thee I sing;                                                                                                                      Land where my fathers died,                                                                                        Land of the pilgrims’ pride,                                                                                            From ev’ry mountainside                                                                                                    Let freedom ring!

The tables are turning on the third because they fail to realize that those of us I wrote about in “Independence Day” never stopped singing it, living it, breathing it, and believing it. It is in our DNA. Jesus tells us in verse 19, “Do not be anxious…”

Something else has failed to dawn on the third. Brother John reminds us we are children of both Old & New Testaments. I am Psalm 144:1. We know our place in Ecclesiastes. “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” I know who we are…

It’s Independence Day in my neighborhood,                                                        where people are friendly and life is good,                                                            where the silver moon knows when the sun goes away,                          tomorrow she will shine on Independence Day.

Please feel FREE to sing along here.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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4 Responses to A Very Special “Independence Day” Tune-up

  1. New Wave says:

    Happy Birthday America!

  2. On this day we celebrate the birth of our beloved nation, The United States of America. Through the years it has seen terrible times when we fought each other, shedding untolled amounts of blood, and came together under a common cause, most notably during WWII, when we lost a great number of the bravest and best among us.

    These days we consider ourselves enlightened. More evolved, smarter, better educated than our predecessors. Yet we have anarchy in the streets of our cities. We have people embracing evil and eschewing good. We have people perpetually angry for anger’s sake.

    The generation that brought in this attitude of anarchy is the boomer generation, of which I am one. Once we and half our progeny are gone, then this country has a chance of uniting once again. Unfortunately, I don’t think our beloved country has that much time.

    So we need to do it NOW! Focus on our commonalities, not our differences. Our country really was, is, and will be great. Not because of any single president, or ANY politician for that matter. But because of YOU. Because of ME. Because of who WE are. Because of our RESPECT for our neighbors. Because of our LOVE for our society and our LIBERTY.

    Because we know that although we need to take care of ourselves and our own, we also know the best way to do that is to do our best to give to our neighbors so we work to build into society the morals and values to allow for a loving and peaceful life for our children, grandchildren, and in my case, great-grandchildren.

    We CAN do this.

    We MUST do this.

    I leave you with this thought:

    My Country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From ev’ry mountainside Let freedom ring!

    May it be so. You’re friend, John.

    Ps. please join me in song and let your heart fill with love and pride. YOUTUBE.COM Kate Smith Introduces God Bless America :: Best Quality In 1938, the biggest star on radio, Kate Smith, asked composer Irving Berlin…more..http://www.quotationmotivation.com

    May you always have love to share, Health to spare, and Friends that care.

    • Chip Murray says:

      I will pray as hard as any for your words to be so John. God bless you for the wonderful spirit of your post. All it takes is such a spark to touch one heart, in the right place, at the right time.

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