WHEN ABRAHAM FLED TO EGYPT

I had previously inadvertently used a photo here that is under copyright;  I apologize to the artist, it was a lovely picture of our flag with a stanza of America the Beautiful  conveniently and artistically placed.   I guess we all have an image of our flag in our imaginations.     In an abundance of caution,  I remove the photo,  but I will still giver her the credit.  I’m sure her Website is worth looking at.

The image you have used here…America The Beautiful is registered to me with the US Copyright office. Your use here is unauthorized. Please give full credit and a link to my image here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-america-the-beautiful-us-flag-by-sharon-cummings-song-lyrics-sharon-cummings.html or remove it. Thank you. Sharon Cummings

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Yesterday’s post was a little odd,  I let someone else do the writing.      He did it so well:  “the disappearance of America”;  “the united states is over….”

I don’t know;  is it over?   Can the United States be recovered?   Can America rise again?   Anything is possible.   Consider this sheet of music:

amer the beaut songsheet

This is the music that American schoolchildren used to know.  This is the music that schoolteachers used to teach their children, and then the children would stand up in rows at programs and sing out this song to the audience, and everyone would know it, and appreciate it, and believe it.     Really.  I’m so old that I’ve seen it done!

So, again,  consider.   Imagine a lovely scene somewhere in our country, farmlands, meadows,  beautiful forests,  a nice river, a small town, a small bustling city.   Imagine this song being hummed in the background.   Imagine someone says,  “Well, what is America?”  What does America stand for?”

And now you get to answer those questions.

With that music humming in the background.

Try to tamp down the cries of racist!  capitalist!  imperialist!   greedy!   oppressive!   destructive!   sexist!   —  I must have forgotten a few.   As you hear in your mind the humming of America the Beautiful,  try not to think about what you see on television, in the movies and videos imposed on us,  the advertisements,  what you hear in political ads,  the nightly news-entertainment programs.    What you read in our children’s textbooks.

I don’t know what you’re supposed to conclude.   There’s no exact answer here.

LEAVING FOR EGYPT

Abram leaving

As America may be at its very end,  Abram was the man at the very beginning of the Jewish nation.

Abram, a man chosen to be the father of a great nation.     Abram,  the man with some flocks, some servants, and one barren wife — and his faith.     God had led him to a special land, often called The Promised Land, and God had promised he would have many, many descendants.

Good land for a good future family.

Then God stopped communicating for a while.  And then a life-threatening famine struck that promised land.   Abram took his little entourage down to Egypt which always seemed to be prosperous.       Tricky, sticky, enticing,  wealthy Egypt.    Many get ensnared with its riches.    Abram soon learned it was not supposed to be the land for his family and all his descendants.

But why the great famine?   It was a lesson given to Abram, and to us.   The Promised Land was not a promise of material wealth, nor of safety, strength, and prosperity of the future nation.   The material land will fail at times, and some day there will be no more Jewish kingdom.   The Promise was not about  national prosperity, but about spiritual salvation and spiritual riches.    Nations will rise and fall, but spiritual riches are for eternity.   That is the great blessing which God said Abraham would bring to the whole human race.

A DESCENDANT OF ABRAHAM GETS IT

There is much about America that is worth fighting for.   We should never give up while there is reason to still defend her and build her up.    There is much goodness in her, if we had the strength and willpower to make that good manifest to all.

We may be the individuals alive today to see America recover.   Or maybe not.   This earth is not our permanent home, but our testing ground, and so as tragic as it would be if our nation disappeared from history,   as life-changing as it would be for us,  the longer, larger view is that there is always a maybe/maybe not, and life will go on.

In a Jewish  cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island, I would imagine,   is a poem on a tombstone.   Long ago I had copied the poem, and during this time of dis-assembling and re-assembling my house, I came across it again.   I’ll copy here just the last stanza that had caught my attention years ago.

But ah! what once has been shall be no more!

The groaning earth in travail and pain

Brings forth its races, but does not restore,

And dead nations never rise again.

A suitable and horribly sad epitaph.

With the tune of America the Beautiful humming softly in the background,  I wish the poem does not speak of us.   I want to hear the answer to those questions:   “Well, what is America?”  What does America stand for?”  

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  1. The image you have used here…America The Beautiful is registered to me with the US Copyright office. Your use here is unauthorized. Please give full credit and a link to my image here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-america-the-beautiful-us-flag-by-sharon-cummings-song-lyrics-sharon-cummings.html or remove it. Thank you. Sharon Cummings


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