When I look at an American Flag, I see so much more than stars and stripes. It is more than just a symbol. This is the AMERICAN flag which was built over time, with more and more states, being added. Each time our country has seemed on the verge of crisis, of being destroyed, of not making it this time, there have been brave, good men who have stepped up to lead our sometimes very tattered country. When I think of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and others, I think of those men that were raised up by God for such a time as this. They were not perfect men, they weren’t even great men until they had been proved in the refiner’s fire of God’s testing of our country and their own mortal hearts The song “Heal Our Land” is written for now, our own internal crisis and rending of our soul as a nation. How can we stand by and let all that this country has stood for over time, erode away? Will we allow our freedom of religion, to bear arms, and of free speech to fall by the wayside? Songs have been written and soldiers have marched for these freedoms in the past. Can we now sit by and just “watch it all go?”. I cannot. I will not. I will keep trying to push the symbols of our country and the flag and all the freedoms we have, in front of others as a reminder of WHO WE ARE AS A NATION. We are the UNITED States. We are a republic. We must stand firm in our freedoms and remind the upcoming generation of how precious those freedoms are. May God Bless America.
The symbol of a lighthouse can mean many different, inspiring principles. The main concept it represents is overcoming adversity and difficulties in life. All of us go through seasons in life where it feels like the adversity will never end. This music video represents the feeling of relief I feel when I realize I am going to get through the current trial and problems and I am feeling so grateful to Heavenly Father for the lessons learned.
The current lessons learned from my current adversities are as follows. Spread my net wide enough to “catch” new teachers to teach me the concepts to help me through the current storm. There are always people who have experienced much of the same trials that I am currently experiencing. They are often very open and willing to pass on to me coping strategies to make the situation bearable and a stepping stone to higher ground.
Another lesson is to keep up on my moral inventories of my day and my life so that I won’t fall back into the old patterns and coping mechanisms that are really ready to be discarded. I need to hold fast to new ways of functioning and most of all keep learning and growing.
A lighthouse usually spreads light over vast areas of darkness. If I am consistently learning and passing on the lessons to others, I can become a spiritual lighthouse to others who are struggling and holding on for one more day, week and onward for a lifetime on a similar journey that I have embarked on. Soon many lighthouses may dot an earlier dark horizon.
The Lord is our ultimate lighthouse keeper, the person who tends the lighthouse and keeps the lamp lit. I need only look to Him for solace, and guidance and the beacon of light that streams forth from Him, the healer of all wounds.