America the Beautiful

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I am so proud to be an American on this day.  I took this photo of Pikes Peak this morning from my kids school.  I usually try every year to document on my blog the first snow to cover the Peak, but I missed it this year.  This is the first day in about a month, though, that we’ve had full snow coverage on the mountain, not just a dusting.  So appropriate this morning, for America’s mountain to have covered herself in a new fresh blanket of pure snow.  Erasing any harm or hurt she may have seen before this day.

I am so immensely thrilled to have been a part of history unfolding last night.  That in a nation, who in as recent history as my own parents generation saw it’s own citizens brutally murdered for trying to enforce the basic civil liberties of it’s own people, was able to elect the right man to lead us forward.  Not because he is black, but because he is the right choice, and he just happens to be black.  We were able to look past the barriers that have so abhorrently divided the generations who have come before us and come together to collectively decide the path of our future.

I leave you with the song written on top of my favorite mountain:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man’s avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!

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One response to “America the Beautiful

  1. Olgy

    Beautiful blog entry, sentiments, and photo. Thanks for posting. 🙂

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