I know that there seems to be a large divide in our country. Everyday I watch as more and more happens to divide us. In my opinion, it is a targeted political agenda to divide the people. It’s a shame. But, I also believe that at the heart of most Americans, we are one nation united.
This week, I was privileged to attend a show at the beautiful Starlight Theater in Kansas City, MO with some new friends and my sisters in the church. This was my first time attending an event in this particular theater. It is an outdoor amphitheater with a gorgeous stage area that is reminiscent of an old-world Shakespearean theater. It has a beautiful brick front, with turrets, and balconies and ivy growing up and around the brick. It’s simply gorgeous. To top off the beautiful setting last night was a full-moon night.
It was a hot, sticky, night with temperatures through the day reaching around 95 degrees. The evening did not cool off. As we came together, we enjoyed sweet fellowship, despite the heat.
This story, however, isn’t about the show. It is about my favorite, favorite part of the evening.
Let me go back for a moment and say that I’ve been to many live performances. I’ve attended the opera in Pittsburgh, PA, shows in Columbus, OH, Orlando, FL, Oklahoma City, OK and I’ve never attended a live theatrical show that did this to begin the show.
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One Nation – One Voice
After a short presentation by the President & CEO concerning a scholarship program that the theater sponsors each year, we were directed to stand and sing the National Anthem while the orchestra played.
So we all stood. Gentlemen removed their hats, we all covered our hearts with our hands. And, we all, unified in one voice, opened our mouths and heartily sang the Star Spangled Banner.
As we sang, I looked around and chills washed over me, as I realized that we were one people, united in freedom. We were a representative group of Americans from every culture, every diversified ethnicity, all singing one unifying song. It is a song of freedom, a song of resolve that we will stand together against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is a song that declares that our flag is still there because we will work together to demand it to be so.
One Nation in SongThe Star Spangled Banner – Francis Scott Key
Oh say can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And thy rocket’s red glare,
Thy bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through thee night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
When we throw off the bands of political agendas. When we consider the freedom that we all, enjoy. When we are afforded the opportunities of homes, work, food, and clothing, education, entertainment, and the freedom of religion, speech and protection then we can recognize and realize that we are a blessed, blessed country.
We ARE FREE! And we can join together in one voice, in one cause as we sing heartily in one voice, “Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” We are one nation.
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