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‘My Country, Tis of Thee’

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If you were fortunate enough to have learned and sung this song as a child in one of America’s public schools, congratulations on a long and blessed life. The words to this song, instilled in you as a child, may have had more to do with your life in America than you imagine. Let’s poke around a bit and see what we find.

I was listening to a different piece of music earlier this week, and suddenly this tune, especially the first and last verses, came flooding into my mind. When that happens, I try to just let things flow; sometimes the waves take me to a place that is important. Perhaps the same is true for you?

The title and opening five words of this song, “My Country, Tis of Thee,” literally mean: My country exists because of You, God. This is America’s history. The nation of the Eagle exists because God created it. Sometimes God creates “ex nihilo,” out of nothing, as He did at the very beginning. At other times God creates something new by reassembling various ingredients around Him. A good cook can do amazing things with eggs, milk and flour.

That’s how it was with the nation of the Eagle. We might say that America came into existence with the Mayflower Compact, which was signed by the first English settlers. They may not have fully comprehended what they were doing, or perhaps they did, and we’ve si

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