Dependence Day

At most baseball games and other public functions, only one of the four stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner -- our national anthem -- is normally sung. While this is understandable because of time constraints, it is regrettable because the soul-stirring and God-honoring conclusion of this anthem is rarely heard or repeated. Yet I dare say these are the words that played a great part in this song's becoming our national anthem in the first place.

I include it below, for you to consider and for us all to make our own conscious prayer for our nation. If we take our cue from Francis Scott Key, every Independence Day should be a reminder of our dependence upon God -- as a nation, and as individuals.