God, Family, and Country

This morning while most of us were still in bed, my 73-year-old mother was driving to a local church where she will work at a voting booth from 6AM until 10 or 11PM this evening.  On Thursday she will mentor public school children at a Bible Club and on Sunday she will hold church for seniors in two different nursing homes.  She’s so full of love and good works that I can barely keep up with her!  And I’m proud of the wonderful example she is to my children, her grandchildren.

My mother’s determination to help at the polls today made me think about the epitaph on my dad’s grave–“For God and Family and Country.”  Dad was a skinny 17 year old teenager when he enlisted in the army at the end of World War II.  He firmly planted his feet on German soil to fight for our freedom and, because the war ended shortly after he enlisted, he spent most of his army days helping mop up from the terrible destruction in Germany.  He also took part in helping separated families find one another again after the war.  He later enlisted as a soldier in the Korean War and came home to start his family.  The cross captured his heart and eventually he evangelized inner city children and teenagers, leading 1000’s to Jesus.

It’s tempting to drag our feet as we go to vote today.  It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to find something wrong with our country. So many things have gone wrong that we can internalize despair instead of hope, anger instead of national pride.

I’d like to propose a happy thought!  As we go to the voting polls today, let’s remember that we are part of a loooooooong line of American patriots who believe in God, family, and country.  As Christians who honor the cross of Jesus, we are not a small sprinkle of salt in this nation, we’re the whole “melting pot” of stew that got us here in the first place!  

Most of all, let’s remember that if God is for us then we are not some small minority struggling against the tide of wickedness.  We are the MAJORITY!!!  For if God is for us, who can be against us?  And as you show your I.D., remember that your true identity began at the cross and today your presence at the polls represents your love for God, family, and country.

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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10 Responses to God, Family, and Country

  1. Roxann says:

    Such inspiring words … Thanks, Hope!!!

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  2. Thank you for the encouraging reminder. We are dual citizens, and even in the mess, the life of our eternal Kingdom reaches our hearts and homes. Bless you, Sis, for sharing.

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    • I know you have a Christian mother, too, Becky. There is a heritage there! But even those of us without Christian parents still share in a Christian heritage through the founding of the United States of America. We ARE the offspring of heaven and the citizens of the USA, too. Like you said, “dual citizens”. I like that.

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  3. Hey Cross Family! It appears these comments are going backwards. Sorry about that. Hopefully you can follow along.

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  4. jeanoathout says:

    Excellent post!

    On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 6:28 AM, liftjesuscross

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  5. Your challenge at the MCWC, I think in 2011, challenged me to display the cross. The attached photo shows the cross at sunset in our pine trees in the back yard. 🙂 Marsha Hubler Best-selling Author of THE KEYSTONE STABLES SERIES & The LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY AMISH/MENN.SERIES (Web) http://www.marshahubler.com (Writers Tips) http://www.marshahubler.wordpress.com (Writers Conference Information) http://www.susquehannavalleywritersworkshop.wordpress.com (Horse Facts Blog) http://www.horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com

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  6. Marsha, I love this picture! (Anyone wanting to see Marsha’s cross just click on her pic beside her name). You have the cowgirl hat and horse with the cross. Now, that’s about a perfect I.D. for you! And you know, my mother went with me in 2011 to the Montrose Writers Conference and she was with me this year in August at the Philly Writers Conference. Perhaps you had a chance to meet her? If anyone is interested, I signed up for Marsha’s Horse Facts blog. Great little tidbits and insights on horses!

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  7. David says:

    Hallelujah! Amen! for the life your dad led, in serving this nation and the Lord, not to mention in rearing a family, not mention your mom’s. Also, my sympathy for you and your family’s loss. I’m sure I remember a photo of you and your dad in China, I think, within the last tree or four years.

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    • Yes, David, I did have a picture up of Dad and I in China–that was on my old website. I am presently setting up a new website for History Maker Publishing with a fabulous outreach to China–the gospel in the WOrdless Book presented in English and Mandarin as well as radio shows! More on that later.

      My mom worked all day long yesterday and continues to serve God in ministering to public school children in a Bible Club. Then this weekend she will pack up and minister the gospel to the elderly in two different nursing homes. She is amazing!

      The elections are deeply disappointing. But God is for us–he will lead us like the Shepherd that He is.

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