Can You Guess Who I Am?

Or, If Old Glory Could Speak

July 2, 2006

The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Pastor

Montgomery United Methodist Church

 

Deut. 8: 6-10

 6Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.

 

 

 

Can you guess who I am?

I've been around for over 200 years.

I have been loved, feared, insulted, praised, and uplifted.

Some say I have a life of my own.

Some hate what I stand for.

But make no mistake;

I am real.

Some say I am nothing more than a symbol.

I am a symbol, it's true.

And this weekend in particular, won't you take a moment to pause and think

about what I stand for, and what I mean - to you.

That's all I ask - to pause, and think, and take a moment to be thankful.

 

Can you guess who I am?

The first form of me was created by a woman's hands,

Lovingly working to make me just right.

Since that first expression of me,

I have been in battle,

I have flown high over Olympic games,

I have inspired troops,

I have comforted the grieving,

I have been the reminder of hope to countless people.

 

Can you guess who I am?

I would ask three things of you today.

 

First of all, please remember, friend, that freedom is not free.

I am who I am because of countless men and women who put their lives on the line,

Who willingly gave all they had, to lift me up.

The statue at Iwo Jima says it all.

When you see me, take a moment to be proud.

Take a moment to remember.

Take a moment to be thankful for all those heroes, living today and gone to the Lord,

Who paid the price to keep this land of ours free.

Would you do what they did? The price is high.

I am who I am because of those who defend the land I represent.

Take a moment to be mindful.

Take a moment to be thankful.

Take a moment to be grateful for those

Who gave of everything to lift me up,

To uphold what I stand for.

 

Can you guess who I am?

I ask of you a second thing.

Please remember the words of the Pledge of Allegiance -

Especially that part that says,

"One nation, under God."

Yes, that's right.

Under God.

That's spelled G-O-D, God.

As in the Creator, the Father Almighty,

Maker of Heaven and Earth.

The country I represent was founded with the clear thought of being

One nation, under God.

The principles of the Bible are intimately woven into the fabric of who I am.

Fabric - oh, I have almost given it away.

Please remember that the constitution I represent speaks of

Inalienable rights endowed to you by - yes - the Creator.

I represent the land the Bible speaks of.

It is a land of prosperity, of milk and honey,

Of boundless goodness.

So, bless the Lord who made it so - and forget not all His benefits.

You are a person of God.

            So, when you see me, you will have no trouble in remembering who to give thanks to for  me.

I stand for One Nation, under God.

I stand even to protect those who do not accept this.

But such is the greatness I represent.

I fly proudly over a nation who should know the Source of the blessings I represent.

You do. That's good.

Bless the Lord, and forget not all His benefits.

 

Can you guess who I am?

Third, please remember what I stand for.

I stand for something very strong.

I stand for something at the heart of the human experience.

I stand for something everyone needs.

I stand for something cherished the world over.

I stand for freedom.

Precious freedom.

Freedom to move about as you choose, to worship as you choose, to grow, to study,

To move forward.

Hard won, dearly protected, blessed freedom.

I stand for the freedom to gather anywhere you wish to worship God,

And for the freedom to abstain if you feel you must.

 

I stand for the opportunity of everyone to get ahead, to prosper,

To enjoy the benefits of hard work.

I stand for opportunity and hope,

For prosperity and protection.

I stand for freedom.

Please use it well.

Please vote.

I take my direction from you.

 

I will even defend those who would insult me.

But do not worry,

I am stronger than you think.

I am able to withstand many insults,

For the blood of martyrs and will of the people have made me strong.

 

Please display me proudly.

It is not only your right, it is your privilege.

And when you do, be thankful, be mindful, be hopeful.

For even as the red blood of patriots has made me strong,

And the white of purity is my ideal,

and the blue of freedom is what I stand for,

I am strong because of the people I represent,

and I intend to be around for a long time to come.

Please display me proudly.

 

Can you guess who I am?

I'll bet you have.

I am sure you have guessed by now.

I am the red, white, and blue.

I am your American flag.

I am the symbol of America.

God bless America,

and God bless you:

Now, and forever.

Amen.

 

  

© 2006 Anthony J. Godlefski