I love America! I love our heritage, roots and history. I love the way we celebrate our nation on this day with hot dogs, barbecues, baseball, fireworks, watermelon, grilling, swimming and the stars and stripes. We live in a wonderful country!
I know this because I am extremely fortunate to get to travel around the world and I see nations that are very different than ours. I go to nations where the absence of freedom is normal. I visit nations where it can be dangerous to express a dissident opinion. I visit regions where being a woman is a burden of survival in the most depolorable conditions.
We live in a very great nation and today we celebrate freedom, one of the core values on which our nation was founded. May we also recognize that freedom is tethered to responsibility. Without maintinaing responsibility, our freedoms will erode and become an elusive memory. We are a great nation today because of the sacrifices made in the past. This makes me pause to consider if we are making sacrifices today that will keep us great in the future.
Let’s be sure that we continue to pray for America 🙂
This nation has a really rich & deep history. In the 20th century, there was alot of conflict w the Greeks & several other nations who wanted to have significant influence & control over this nation. The British also had a sizable amount a influence as well. Clearly, there has also been a massive muslim influence here for many centuries.
Prior to the 8th & 9th centuries, Turkey had a large amount of Christian presence. Some places from the Bible times that are in modern day Turkey include: Antioch, Paul’s 1st missionary journey & half of his 2nd journey, Colossae (Colossians), Ephesus & other places as well. Our guide was telling us that the modern day Turkish people have their roots from Central Asia & they migrated due to a drought & famine. The word “Turk” means nomad.
Geographically, the western part of Turkey tends to be more wealthy than in the eastern part (where the recent earthquake was last week). In the west, the land is extremely fertile & you can see farms & agricultural efforts year round. The eastern part of Turkey is where many Kurds live, who were also really ostracized by Sadaam Hussein.
Turkey is a fascinating blend of many different influences including Judaism, Christian, Central Asia, Muslim & others.
It s most certainly a tremendous privilege to get to visit this nation & I’m going to try & attach some pix to give some perspective & insights on this cool country 🙂
The attached pictures are from Laodicea from: the oldest known cathedral or basilica from 320ad in Laodicea. This city was a center of banking & gov’t for the region, trading soft black wool & a healing eye salve. Laodicea was a wealthy city. With these things in mind, pls consider reading Revelation 3:14ff 🙂
I’ve popped over to Turkey for a few days so I thought I’d write a quick hello 🙂
Here’s some things that I really love about this country:
*the people are totally cool – theyre friendly, respectful, intelligent & fun!
*the history – on this brief trip I get to visit Philadelphia, Sardis, Smyrna & Laodicea, some of the churches John addressed in Revelation 2-3; furthermore, Paul’s 1st missionary trip was all over modern Turkey. Suffice it to say that his nation has a rich & magnificent history
*scenery – very beautiful: rolling hills, agrarian, some mountains & some beautiful ancient ruins.
*food – this one isn’t fair because I basically enjoy the food wherever I go, generally ,)
So be prepared for some pix tomorrow from some ofthe cool places we get to visit & please be sure to pray for the Turks on the eastern part of Turkey who are endeavoring to recover from a nasty earthquake earlier this week!
I’m very excited about the inaugration of Senator Obama! I’m excited on many levels: the making of history, our 1st person to become President who was raised by a single mom, the acceptance & recognition of the 1st African American to lead our nation along w many other firsts. Let’s make it a priority to pray for President Obama. The weight he will shoulder is extremely heavy, particularly in this year.
With that being said, living in 2009 is very exciting! I believe that this year will be a highly significant year from an historical perspective. Most importantly, let’s make this a massively signiciant year in our spiritual lives. If you want something you’ve never had, you probably have to do something you’ve never done. Be historical, be spiritual, be more filled w Jesus than any previous year.