Long May She Wave!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

We recently visited Colonial Park in Savannah Georgia.
In this cemetery lie men who fought for our freedom
in the American Revolution.
It also was the resting place for the bones of Nathaneal Greene for a time,
the second in command , first General to
George Washington.
We also visited the National Cemetery in
Beaufort South Carolina.
As I walked through the National Cemetary
I read the last lines of an inscription..
I've gone home.
It brought me to tears thinking that here I am,
on the complete other side of the country
from where my dad is buried,
in Arlington National Cemetery, Riverside CA.
I was reading the tombstone of someone elses family
and someone might be reading my dad's tombstone.
Here I am in complete freedom to travel and wander through history
because others have fought for our freedom.

At this time many in our military are fighting in foreign lands.
As we take time to remember them and others that have sacrificed
for our safety and freedom on this Memorial Day,
thank God for His abundant mercy and grace,
and I for one will ask Him to watch over our military and
their families as they sacrifice so much for us all.
Thank you! God Bless you!

I also remember my dad who is now with Jesus,
who fought for many years in the military and
retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
And to my brother who is also now retired from
the Army after 27 years.
And to my Nephew who has just enlisted!

Thank you all, and God bless you!

If you get a chance take a moment to pass on a Cup of Joe
to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan
and let them know that they are being thought of
and appreciated.

Green Beans Coffee
...gives us the opportunity to give a soldier a few moments of home,
and a personal email to express your sentiments of gratitude.
Green Beans Coffee, honor first...coffee second.

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
Philemon 1:4
© Monika Hardy


Visit to the Atlantic

We did some traveling these past few weeks. It was the first vacation we have had in about 15 years, and the first time I saw my brother and his family in about 20 years. We traveled with our oldest son and his family. What a joy to spend time with them and our grand children! Coming from North Idaho I was expecting the heat and humidity of the South to overwhelm me, but it was ok. Of course it was just the end of May. What a delight to see the Atlantic Ocean. As a California raised girl I've been in the Pacific many times. Standing on the shores of the Atlantic in the afternoon was a strange experience.
As far as the eye could see, there was nothing but sky and water. And as I looked out to the horizon it was already looking a deeper shade of gray in the distance. God's power was manifest in His creation! I could just imagine the force of a Hurricane coming in from the water. While I was there the breeze was strong enough to put me off my balance at times on the shifting sand.
The warmth of the sun behind me was welcome, even though it seemed to be in the wrong place. I guess God was just letting me experience things from a different perspective.

The white sands of the beach were so fine, and the grass growing in the beaches was a scene I had only seen in the movies before, and were so beautiful. To sit for awhile in the cool ocean breeze was peaceful, and listen to the ocean waves seemed sureal. It made me think of the sound of the many waters in Revelation. Of course that will be the praises of the children of God singing His praises..but will sound as "the voice of many waters".

Ok, I am back at Hilton Head South Carolina again in my mind, and then instantly in the heavens where we will see the emerald rainbow around the throne of God! It was good to get away!

© Monika Hardy

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