GOD BLESS AMERICA

How fitting, in a time in which our country is being so divided and maligned, is this article which I copy for you to read.

“While Adolf Hitler was methodically creating the Third Reich, marching Nazi armies into neighboring countries, and the demented concepts of racial purity infiltrated Germany, Irving Berlin purposefully revived this song, “God Bless America” at the request of Kate Smith.  It was dramatically introduced by Kate Smith on her radio broadcast on Armistice Day on November 10, 1938.  It was reprised in the 1943 movie, “This Is The Army” at some of the most difficult times during World War 2.  In the movie, the song was presented with full orchestra and chorus before a live audience.  Kate Smith’s powerful alto voice combined with the full orchestra and chorus still generates dynamic emotional appeal today in listening to her sing.

The lyrics in the verse of Irving Berlin’s song spoke to a world at war:  “While the storm clouds gather far across the seas let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free.  Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.”  More recently, a recording of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” was the final “wake up” call for the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis completing the 30 year shuttle program on July 11, 2011.

More than merely a song, “God Bless America” is actually a musical prayer. Through the lyrics, the song testifies of our thankfulness for the splendor of our Nation.  It describes the great magnificence of the land “from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam.”  The lyrics pray for God to bestow His divine care and provide His divine wisdom for guidance to “stand beside her and guide her through the night with a Light from above.”  Then the passionate climax in the chorus expresses our heart-felt prayer: “God bless America, My home, sweet home.””                            Selected

God can only bless America as we, His people, seek to do His will, loving Him and one another.

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