Our closing hymn in church yesterday was a rousing rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."
I can't help but feel pride, happiness, and love whenever I sing our beloved National Anthem. I would hope that everyone is familiar with the stirring words of the first verse; the one that is sung the most. But have you ever paid attention to the other three verses? Especially the 4th verse? As we were singing our guts out at the end of a wonderful Sacrament meeting, the words of the 4th verse (which is actually the 3rd verse in the LDS Hymnal) stung my soul and my heart nearly burst as the Spirit witnessed to me the truth in those words.
Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust!"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Happy Birthday, America. I love you.