The View From Here


Though our nation is in turmoil with questions about racial justice along with the uncertainty of the Corona virus it might be good if we all take a breath and remember some things we have to be thankful for. With July 4th celebrations just around the corner remember that our founding fathers began this American experiment with the revolutionary idea that all men were created equal and were given rights, not from any government but from God. Though none of the signers of the declaration were perfect; the direction that they pointed us to as a nation has been a beacon of hope for people around the world. My own grandfather came at 16 years old in 1913, escaping the poverty of Messina Italy that had been devastated by the great earthquake of 1908 that left over 50,000 dead.

Today I think of our Nepali friends who came as refugees escaping ethnic cleansing just 10 years ago. Before we lose hope imagine where any of these would have gone if America were not here.

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! – Inscription on the Statue of Liberty

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  1. Nancy Ruegg says:

    You are so right, Pastor Pete. America certainly has her flaws but she is still the greatest nation on earth. She has never gone to war to expand her power or colonize, she has come to the rescue of innocent victims countless times, she has spent trillions of dollars for the benefit of others. Above and beyond the government and military, her citizens also volunteer time, expertise, and funding to help those less fortunate, here and abroad, year after year after year. We do have much to be grateful for, to be part of such a nation.

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