America the Beautiful
By Susan E. Todd

My husband and I spent one year on deputation/furlough after six years on the mission field. We traveled from our home town in New York State up to New England, south to Florida, across the south to California and up the west coast to Washington. From there we headed back across the north to New York before returning home to the mission field. We ministered to 140 churches and we traveled in and through thirty-one states. We saw parts of America we never thought we would ever be able to see. We were extremely busy ministering in the churches and presenting our burden for our ministry but we did take time to appreciate some of what God created and blessed her with. We certainly could not see everything.

Based solely on what we saw this is what impressed me most about America.

Not all countries have a DESERT
America does
The Painted Desert in Arizona
The Mojave Desert in California
Great Salt Lake Desert in Utah

Not all countries have a TROPICAL RAIN FOREST
America does
The Hoh Rain Forest in Washington

Not all countries have WATERFALLS
America does
Niagara Falls in New York

Not all countries have CANYONS
America does
The Grand Canyon in Arizona
Bryce Canyon in Utah

Not all countries are BORDERED BY WATER
America is,
from east to west and from north to south
The Atlantic Ocean on the east coast
The Pacific Ocean on the west coast
The Arctic Ocean around Alaska
The Gulf of Mexico
The Great Lakes

Not all countries have MAJOR RIVER SYSTEMS
America does
The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers

Not all countries have SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS
America does
The Rocky Mountain Range and Cascade Mountain Range
on the west coast
The Adirondack Mountain Range and the Great Smoky Mountains
on the east coast

Not all countries have PLAINS
America does
The Great Plains states of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa

Not all countries have CAVES
America does
Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico
LuRay Caverns in Virginia

Not all countries have CRATERS
America does
Crater Lake, Oregon
Meteor Crater, Arizona

Not all countries have HOT SPRINGS
America does
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Yellowstone, Wyoming

Not all countries have SWAMPS OR MARSHLAND
America does
Everglades, Florida
Louisiana Bayou. Louisiana

Not all countries have VOLCANOES
America does
Mt. Hood, Oregon
Mount St. Helens, Washington
Hawaiian Islands

Not all countries have the LARGEST TREES IN THE WORLD
America does
Giant sequoias and redwood trees of California and Oregon

Not all countries have NATURAL WONDERS MADE BY GOD
America does
The Grand Canyon in Arizona
Niagara Falls in New York

America has all this and much more

America has a bit of everything that God created. She has the lowest elevation, Death Valley, California to the highest Mountain peak, Mt. McKinley in Alaska. She has pine tree and palm trees, cactus and conifer; rolling highs and sweeping plains; deserts and marshlands; canyons and cataracts. She has bays, peninsulas, islands and forests.

Oh beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain.
For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness, And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees, beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam - Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.

God has blessed America
Most Americans don't realize it
Most Americans won't acknowledge it

And probably the most important of all
America is the only one
The Bible is the one thing that separates America from every other country

God bless America, Land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains to the valleys
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America my home sweet home
God bless America my home sweet home

"If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14