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6/28/2020 12:11:00 AM
Proud To Be An American
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith
Guest Columnist

One of the things I like most about writing this column is hearing from you. Your emails, phone calls, and letters are precious to me. So many of you tell me that you send these articles to friends and loved ones as well as use them in your Sunday school classes and other small group ministry organizations. Sometimes you submit a question you want answered and other times you give me ideas for future columns.

Right now, inspirational columns like these are more important than ever because so many of you are staying home to be safe in the COVID 19 pandemic. I appreciate the fact that the Lincoln Herald includes inspirational columns in their newspaper and I hope you do too. I encourage you to support your local paper and frequent the businesses that advertise in it because that revenue is vitally important to its survival. When all this is over, I would love to invite you to join me for lunch in that big room at the House of Pizza on Main Street. It would be great to see you in person and thank you for your support.

Some of you send me things that I can use in future columns and I hold them until the time is right. This column speaks to timely events to make the gospel relevant so if you haven’t seen your submission yet just hang on because I am waiting to use it and you will see it eventually.

Several months ago, Marie Jenkins of Lincolnton sent me something she wrote called “Proud to Be an American” and with the July 4th celebration coming this weekend this is a good time to share it with you. Right now, we might be feeling pretty weary of all the crisis in our country, and although we aren’t a perfect country, we serve a perfect God. With God’s help we will find our way out of this time of confusion and chaos. The is still the greatest country on earth, and we will survive because many people feel the same way that Marie describes in these words:

“In America there is freedom of hope in every tomorrow. Freedom to live, grow, and learn. It is a land of opportunity where my children and grandchildren can dream dreams of soaring to the moon or being the President and those dreams can become realities. I am free to bow my head and worship with my Catholic or Protestant neighbors. It is a spacious land of golden wheat fields and corn where hunger can be stilled and the man with work worn hands can stand in dignity beside his white collared brother.

I have freedom of learning and freedom of speech to say what I think and believe in myself. I am proud to be an American with tears in my eyes and pride in my heart as I salute my flag, remembering how great a price was paid and is still being paid for our freedom. It is a land of God breathed freedoms – fought for, sacrificed for, and bathed in blood by those who were and still are willing to give their utmost for those they don’t even know. I’m proud to be an American. God bless America.”

Thank you, Marie. I don’t think I could have said anything better myself on our nation’s birthday.

Rev. Smith is Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church and can be reached at 828-962-8196, or P.O. Box 3311, Hickory NC 28603.

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