Independence Day Memory

Remember our national anthem..”O Say, can  you see?”   I sang that every morning after our Bible reading and prayer in my Florida public school classroom until I graduated from high school.  Francis Scott Key wrote it during the war of 1812.  He also wrote this beautiful hymn:

“Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee, For the bliss Thy love bestows,

For the pard’ning grace that saves me, And the peace that from it flows;

Help, O God, my weak endeavor; This dull soul to rapture raise;

Thou must light the flame, or never…  Can my love be warm’d to praise.

Praise, my soul the God that sought thee,  Wretched wand’rer far astray,

Found thee lost,  and kindly brought thee   From the paths of death away:

Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling,  Him who saw thy guilt-born fear.

And, the light of hope revealing, Bade the blood-stain’d cross appear.”

Oh my, Key was a Christian.  He could write about doctrinal matters, and love for God in the same poem.    I’m very thankful we had the freedom in our schools to know about him as I grew up.  Then, I heard this song when I was in my forties….Scroll categories to “Introductions” for names of others who could blend reformed Christian teachings with matters of the heart and life experiences. God Bless America.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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