How big and how beautiful

Back in the late 30s and early 40s we used to sing the old patriotic songs in grade school. “Oh, beautiful for spacious skies,” etc. When we spend most of our time in the cities and suburbs, it is easy to forget the beauty and size of our country. A man from Korea was in the USA for an International Gideon Convention one summer. One day as we were visiting he said something like America is so big and so beautiful. He was right on.

Norma and I just got back from Texas a few days ago. As we drove some old memories surfaced. Until recently, most of the last 30 plus years we went to an international convention each year. We drove 4000 plus miles to see extra areas of interest along the way. I still remember well when we drove a little out of the way to enter the state of Delaware. It was the 48th state that we had seen while driving. It is easy to forget how big and how beautiful our nation really is these days.

During World War II patriotism was stressed in public schools. Granted we may have heard much due to the life and death struggle our nation was in at that time. We sang patriotic hymns or songs each day. We would be hard pressed to find many people who graduated from an eight grade elementary school in 1944 who did not appreciate our great and beautiful land. Yes, as a nation we are ever changing.

Wouldn’t it be great if every inner city youngster could take a nice Greyhound bus trip around our great nation? Perhaps television could do a better job of showing more of the positive beauty also. Yes, economics, politics and institutions are all very important. On the other hand, let’s not forget all of the beautiful things God has given us. We should remember that He created all the beautiful nature.

For the 2013 Club, Apr. 21 takes us to II Samuel 3 and Luke 18.

Have an enjoyable spring.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul’s Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.

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