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Are You A Patriot?



By Jody Lewis




Webster describes a patriot as “one who loves his country”,  or “one who is devoted to the welfare of his country”.   My Grandmother instilled within me a sense of patriotism from a very young age.   She knew the hardships her parents faced and relinquished to have a better life in this country.   She never turned back on who she was, but embraced who she had become.

This new life came at a great price.   They would leave their beloved Romania and all they knew, to start afresh in a place unknown.   My Great Grandfather attempted twice to come to this country, first alone, and is remembered for writing his wife and telling her that he was so poor and so hungry that he would like to lay on a railroad track and just die.

The stories are many in between, but they did of course make for themselves a new life.   My head and heart is filled with my Grandmothers stories she would tell me, and that I never tired of hearing.   To her, they were as real as yesterday.   She was only 6 years of age, but she remembered vividly seeing whales swim along side the ship she was in.   She said she had a button on her coat with the ships name, and that she threw it to the whales.   Yes, they traveled in steerage, but the captain took pity on her mother and sisters, for their father had gone ahead first to put things in order, and allowed them to have a meal in the dining area.

My Great-Grandmother, my Grandmother and my two aunts from Romania

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Life went on through the years and memories were established.   Memories that would be shared with the generations to come.   A family bond was established that could never be erased, and most of all, a personal Savior they would come to know.

 My mind goes back to an earlier time before the masses of immigrants arrived in this nation.   A time when this country was just to be established and God was putting in place men that would help to lay the foundation of a nation built on Godly principals.   Men who would defy allegiance to their mother land, and risk all for their independence.  Through sacrifice this new colony would become a great nation, and in its Constitution, the hopes and dreams, and God inspired words would be there for the next generations, and serve as a heritage from our forefathers.

Yet again, I go back further in time to the Supreme Sacrifice that was made for us to know ultimate freedom.  That was when a loving God willingly gave His only Son that we may not only know salvation, but life everlasting (John 3:16).   This is our heritage as the children of God, and it is written as a beautiful story of love in His Word, the Bible.  His promise of the Holy Spirit is given to us in (Acts 2:40) which says, “For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call”.

As these the last days are upon us, we must rise up as mighty men of faith and valor to protect the Godliness of this nation.   We must in prayer intercede for those in leadership, whether in the pulpit or in government.  It is our duty to stand in the line of Satan’s attacks with great courage, even as those in battle for this nations well being stood to insure our freedom.   Let us not forget what has been established aforehand.

 “Remove not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28), but let us do our job civically and spiritually remain victorious in the plan that God has laid before us.   Victors in Him! 

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelations 12:11.)


Copyrighted by Jody Lewis.  All rights reserved.


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Chaplain Jeff Bartels praying with troops in Iraq

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Church of God Evangel, June 2006 Issue


God Bless America

by Irving Berlin

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God Bless America.
Land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies ,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home."







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