While I was growing up, my mother was obsessed with a gospel group called the Couriers. We attended their concerts throughout our tristate area and beyond whenever she successfully twisted my father’s arm.
For years during the summer we spent two full weeks at a local camp meeting hosted by the three men who comprised this group.: Duane, a tenor, Dave the base and Neil the lead who played piano and excelled as a songwriter. Mother lived as though she personally knew each of these men and referred to them by their first names so I will do the same. A bit of fantasy never hurt anyone, right?
Neil tried out new material every now and then at camp meeting for audience reaction. In 1974/75 he introduced us to his latest song. This song especially enflamed my preteen heart with great passion. A few years later for fourth of July I dressed up and performed the song for visiting relatives. I was being totally serious in my rendition of the song but one of them laughed. Normally I’d be hurt but I was too stoked to care this time. I was sharing my personal Patriot’s Dream.
Today the lyrics of that song continue to stir my heart on a deeper level. The song is Neil Enloe’s STATUE OF LIBERTY which won song of the year in 1976 at the Dove awards. Perhaps you are familiar with it? For those who are not, check out the lyrics. Simple yet profound in this day of high priced/ low value freedom.
In New York Harbor stands a lady
With a torch raised to the sky
And all who see her know she stands for
Liberty for you and me
I’m so glad to be called an American
To be named with the brave and the free
I will honor our flag and our trust in God
And the Statue of Liberty
On lonely Golgotha stood a cross
With my Lord raised to the sky
And all who kneel there live forever
As all the saints can testify
I’m so so glad to be called a Christian
To be named with the ransomed and whole
As the Statue liberates the citizen
So the cross liberates the soul
Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty
It was there that my soul was set free
Unashamed I’ll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty
On this July 4, 2016, may you value and reflect on the liberties you have in this country if you happen to be an American. So much we take for granted on a daily basis that patriots bled and died to secure. Think about that for awhile. Then go deeper and reflect on the freedoms our LORD paid for on the cross. As Christian Americans we are truly free indeed! Freedom gives us power. Go make a difference in our world for all those yet enslaved! Happy FLURISHING Fourth of July!
Shine on. . .