…and that we all feel this undeniable bond with the land of our birth, and she knows it: we are all born of the dust of the earth and the breath of God.
Heavenly patriotism is this belief that all human lives everywhere are worth the same.
That we’re a country of countries, a world of families, a earth of one human race, and that was it — the essence of this great land she lived in.
What really unites this great land is more than a flag — it’s an idea. The idea that all peoples under heaven are the idea of a Great God.
That all peoples under heaven, in our back alleys and in our hospitals, in our prisons and shelters and headlines and every person in our far-flung world, are flagged as the handiwork of God, the dream of God, the art of God.
Everywhere she looked, there it was — “I was the stranger and you welcomed me in.“
It was strange and glorious, how it was happening in her, for her nation, for all the nations: Heavenly patriotism makes you patriotic for all of humanity.
You are doing something great with your life – when you’re doing all the small things with His Great love.
You aren’t a citizen of here working your way into heaven. You’re a citizen of heaven working His Way through here.
And it was there in every flag: the stripes that went on like a road, like The Way of Love that goes everywhere and always welcomes the wanderer in.
All those stars like a Love that can’t be contained by the walls in this world.
There under the bloom of fireworks,she could feel it –
the love of Christ exploding a heart.
– Ann Voskamp (edited)
such good stuff! read her patriotic and amazing blog – http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/07/what-really-unites-a-great-land-people-the-real-power-of-patriotism/