America The Beautiful!
My family and I had the wonderful privilege of traveling to Israel this past month of June. The trip was for a little over two weeks, but it seemed like a month (!) in a good way. Below are a few photos of some of the places we visited. It was 7 of us that ventured out into this beautiful adventure, 3 generations… grandpa (my husband’s dad), my husband and I, his sister and her husband, and our two daughters. Our goal was to experience Israel in a different light through cultural immersion and visiting places not part of normal itineraries. We rode in buses, trains, and walked about 7 to 8 miles per day! (Unfortunately, the pounds did not shed!) My husband, Nestor, was our tour guide who did a fantastic job of sharing history through Jewish and Messianic perspective.
As I look back, I reflect how blessed we are in this beautiful nation we call “The United States of America.” It is a unique nation… very blessed with prosperity and opportunities for a better life. One can come to this country with just few bucks in the pocket (or not even that!), work our way up and in a few years enjoy prosperity in many aspects of life. Many people have done it. My own family has experienced the blessing this nation has been to us… from my parents, to my sisters and their families, many friends and extended family, and my own little nest as well. We have achieved things that may have never been possible in the countries where we came from. We own nice homes, have good paying jobs, some of us have the privilege of operating our own businesses, we are able to send our children to the college of their choice, we drive nice cars (on paved roads!), we shop for food to our liking… we go to and fro with much freedom by day or night.
May we as a people, and especially those of us that came from far away lands, never forget the wonderful blessings this nation has granted us. And may our hearts always remain humble with an attitude of gratitude as there’s no other nation in the world that offers the plentiful opportunities found here.
May the lyrics of this song have a deeper meaning as each of us does his/her part to play a role in unifying our nation:
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
As you focus on enjoying a beautiful Independence Day with family and friends, may serenity surround you and keep you calm and safe!