Thanks for your note. Glad the article helped you.
Thanks for the comment Ellen. Jeremiah is rich with stories and examples. My favorite prophet to study.
I do not praise any mistakes made by President Bush, or any one else for that matter. I merely chose at this moment to reflect on the good things that can be learned from the life of a man who was called upon to serve his country. For the nation and for us the funeral of President Bush is a Philippians 4:8 moment. " Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things".
Gayle...I am very glad to hear the article helped you. And also glad to hear of the reconciliation with your son. That is encouraging. Thank you for your comment.
On balance there has never been a more benevolent imperium than America. American scientists have developed vaccines that have saved millions lives throughout the world. American genetic planet research created the Green Revolution that saved millions of lives. When earthquakes and tsunamis devastate remote Pacific lands American Naval ships are first on the scene to offer humanitarian aid. Twice in the twentieth century America troops entered Europe to turn back tyrannies that sought to enslave and deny basic human freedoms. After World War II American aid rebuilt Europe into a bulwark against Soviet expansion. In Japan America imposed changes that have helped create an ally and kept the peace in that region. I could go on.
History also records the warts of the English speaking nations–and there plenty of them from the past and the present. But when the summing up of history comes it will be found to have been the most productive combine of power to have been wielded in the history of the world. The world will lament the day these twin nations no longer hold the same influence in the world they do today.