I urge that prayers ... and thanksgiving be offered up for all men; for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.
When Bethany memorized the Pledge of Allegiance when she was 4 and The Star Spangled Banner when she was 5- my proverbial buttons were bursting off my mommy shirt!
I love America. I pray for America. I try to serve God and country to the best of my abilities.
And I want to make sure Bethany understands the honor we have by living in the United States!
Having a disability (down syndrome) does not exclude her from learning, growing and participating in three areas of citizenship and patriotism:
No country is perfect. But God foreordained the country where we would be born. I believe He would have us love the land He put us in, and love the people within its boundaries.
I want to make sure I teach Bethany to love this country- instead of bellyaching about it. I want her to be grateful for the freedom it affords her, thankful for the benefits it gives her, and compassion ate to those less fortunate.
I especially don't want Bethany to grow up with an entitled attitude. Any benefits we have from our government could disappear someday. I want her to trust that God is the One who meets our every need.
Yes- I'll teach her America's shortcomings and problems- past and present- but I'll make sure I'm not myopic about our failures.
We have to love our country- to change our country.
When Bethany was little, I taught her how to pray by using each finger on her hand for a specific thing.