Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pride, Where do You Show It? 9/11

Look, here's my grandfather's flag and my patriotic wall. It's inside the hallway by my front door.

All who enter my house walk by this and know exactly how I feel.

But to those outside, not close friends or family, don't ever see my wall. But today and every National Holiday, but especially today, 9/11, I add something outside.


Doesn't she look more beautiful in the outside waving proudly?

"Here's another way to put it; You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 (Message-words of Jesus)

Do I keep my God-colors hidden inside, so only those who are close to me know how I feel about God? Or wait until special holidays?

Long may my colors openly wave for God and country!



Kathryn Magendie said...

It's a beauty!

Parsley said...

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ OR my country and it's flag!

Analisa said...

Loved this!!!!

Diane said...

Love your display! :O)

Kathy C. said...

Cool. I have my dad's flag from his funeral since he was in WWII but it's not on display. And Rick has his from retirement.

Clella said...

Good post and the hearts look good too. I remember how nice all that looked in your hallway. I fly our flag out front of our home every day. I am proud to be an American even though we have many problems.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Excellent display, Karen.

I love the U.S.A., and pray she stays free from opression and lies. So much of the Gospel is financed world wide by people here--I beg God to forgive our rejection of Him, and to keep us a strong nation in spite of our idolatry.

Karen said...

Thanks ya'll.

Kathy, you should try to display them somehow.

Clella, I think the hearts fit right nice, too.:)

Jeanette, thanks and Amen to your comment.

Libbie said...

I like that translation! It is beautiful! What an important part of our relationship with Christ. Yes, my dear friend, your God colors can be seen miles & miles away!!!

Dave said...

Good on you for your patriotism. Keep it STRONG! Wish we were patriotic... - Dave

Julie Gillies said...

Oh Karen, I LOVE your patriotic wall. I share your feelings of patriotism, as you well know. Our son is on his 3rd tour of Iraq and I guess when our boys serve (as yours has, too), we're more acutely aware of the cost of our freedom.

I do my best to let my loyalty to both GOD and country shine brightly, as you do.

Janean said...

the waving of the flag still gives me a lump in my throat!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Amen! We keep our boys' old Boy Scout flag in its knotty pine holder outside our front door. :)

(I just made a new recipe -- Crock Pot Ribs -- using Diesel's spice. Yummers! I'll be posting it one of these Tuesdays.)

Janna Qualman said...

The question I find myself asking is, How do I let my God-colors fly in they way that's right for me?

Love that flag. A powerful sight.

And thanks, Karen, for your words yesterday on my blog. Your encouragement means a lot.

Karen said...

Libbie, I liked that translation, too. are so sweet!

Dave, hey, you could start a patriotic movement. Someone's always the first. :)

Oh, Julie, a third tour? I'll be praying. Yes, I became more patriotic when David joined. Yes, your colors shine!

Janean, me too.

Angie, good for you! Oh, I can't wait to read that recipe! Thanks!

Janna, you fly your colors with the gifts and talents you have. And you have many!