I came across this art work by Lee Teter and was touched by it. It is a print heavy with emotion. Thought I would share it on this Memorial Day.
I have a good friend Victor Baumgarten in Germany and He is the Photographer for this photograph and the vision behind it. This is my Son with his Father's shadow. This picture could be portrayed in many ways so I will leave that up to you, but I do want to say my heart goes out to the families of the fallen and I look forward to Memorial Day to remember them.
I think of my Grandpa Haskett who served in the Navy during WWII and all that he fought for. I loved hearing his stories growing up and love to remember him. Have a Good Memorial day everyone!
I have seen so many things going around in the media lately that have made a lot of controversy with opposing ideas and opinions. It makes me wonder if we are all drifters leaning on each others impressions or if we know enough to think for ourselves and stand firm. The United States Constitution and The Bill of Rights are what I think of when it comes to the things that matter in our country. I want to become well informed and learn more about them so I am not tossed on the wind from one point of view to the next. It is so easy to get confused by all the speculations out there through so many news and media outlets. That is why I really like what George Washington had to say, "The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon."
We all have some sort of thing leading and guiding us in our own lives. For me, I try and use my Scriptures as a guide to help me in my daily life to draw me closer to the Lord and give me the strength to get through the trials I face personally. I want to get to know the constitution better in that aspect so I can stand firm in the things pertaining to our rights and freedoms that we all have been richly blessed with. I feel like now more than ever we are being bombarded by so much out there in the world. I want to do what Abraham Lincoln says, "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
With all of these Amendments I firmly believe that we are Accountable for the actions we take with those given rights. For an example, if we choose to not 'peaceably assemble to petition' but riot and make an unsafe scene, then we will pay for the consequences of that by probably getting arrested. We all have the right to choose for ourselves how we will act in any situation and whatever or however that is done the consequence will follow.
I feel like that is something lacking in the public eye of Americans, to hold themselves accountable for the actions they take. There are so many examples like abortion because of a unwanted pregnancy or single parents raising children without a spouse because they won't take responsibility for their actions and so on.
That is why I decided to brake down the Bill of Rights on this blog post so I can see each Amendment better and get to know them and know where I stand and Stand Firm.
The First Amendment
Washington's Birthday has just passed and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge this wonderful man and all he fought and sacrificed for our country. It is men like him and Abraham Lincoln and many others that we need today in our leadership. Men of Faith, Men of Virtue and men who would put it all on the line for their country. Here are a few quotes I like from George Washington.
"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
~ George Washington
Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president and we celebrate his 205th Birthday today.
From what I know and understand of Abraham Lincoln is that he was not just a good man but one of the greatest presidents we have ever had in the United States.
An exerpt from Wikipidia says this...
Barry Schwartz, a sociologist who has examined America's cultural memory, argues that in the 1930s and 1940s, the memory of Abraham Lincoln was practically sacred and provided the nation with "a moral symbol inspiring and guiding American life". During the Great Depression, he argues, Lincoln served "as a means for seeing the world's disappointments, for making its sufferings not so much explicable as meaningful". Franklin D. Roosevelt, preparing America for war, used the words of the Civil War president to clarify the threat posed by Germany and Japan. Americans asked, "What would Lincoln do?" However, he also finds that since World War II, Lincoln's symbolic power has lost relevance, and this "fading hero is symptomatic of fading confidence in national greatness". He suggested that postmodernism and multiculturalism have diluted greatness as a concept.
Greatness will not be diluted in my home. This was a Great Man. I want to remember him as 'a moral symbol inspiring and guiding American life' and I will teach my children about this man and all the good he stood for.
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