Brilliant Blue

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Even on a sunshine... brilliant blue sky day, we....

r e m e m b e r.

Even in Seaside, Florida.... small little town.... by the beach.... far from New York City... yet still just as American as any other town and joining the rest of the country.......to lower our flag and remember.....

I spent the morning with my mom riding bikes around Seaside this September 11.  The sky was brilliant blue and it was a gorgeous beginning to the day... but it was so quiet.  The summer crowds had left.  Labor Day past.... and now the "quiet season of the beach" was upon us.

As I rode my bike around Saturday morning..... I couldn't help but look and stare at the little post office and see the flag lowered... reminding me...... reminding me.... to pray.... to pray for the families who lost loved ones.... to pray for our country.... to just pray.

And I remember...

back 9 years ago... 9/11.  I was home from work that day..... and woke up that morning... having no idea ( like everyone else) that day would change our country.  Rarely did I ever turn on the TV in the morning. But that day I did.  Not sure why.  But I did. And before my eyes, I watched 9/11 happen.  The disbelief came and then the tears.

It's good to remember... to not forget.  I remember the spirit of unity that was in our country for a few months... everyone flying the American flag.  A strength and fierce loyalty to our country returned again. But only for a few short months.  

Sam's favorite song is "I'm Proud to be an American"..... so I think I'll play that extra times this week with the kids.... and remember with them... why we can be really proud to call America our home.

And for my children..... and grandchildren, I pray this America that I grew up in... will stand strong.... and truly be a God-fearing... God honoring country.  How much I pray that we will remember the Almighty God.....

who created all things...

who can do all things...

and who loves us so very much.  

And may our America sparkle out God's sweet generosity, strength, wisdom and love in many different, creative and color-filled ways!