America’s Vibrant Sky

Washington, Lincoln, Joe Louis, Grandma Moses, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra these names could only happen in America. From colonial statesman to sports heroes and entertainers, these are the colors of freedom. The personalities of our citizens are as vibrant as those colors which will illuminate the sky tonight.

Brad Wilson, one of our Ministers at Point Of Mercy, mentioned the relevance of fireworks in our celebrations yesterday. He taught us that John Adams spoke of their use. This small, overweight New Englander, succeeded General Washington to the Presidency.

Adams didn’t look like a President, but until Washington, what did one look like? In the days of Kings, and aristocratic leaders, Washington refused a crown. Instead he chose to serve his country, and then step back for others to follow.

Some were great leaders, like Lincoln. A man who rose from nothing, born in a shack, to forever alter the White House, and the nation. His story was one of fighting for hope, preserving the country, and writing a new chapter.

Lady Liberty’s promise on the tablet she holds welcomed countless new faces. One, was a family named Hope from England. The boy would grow to entertain her warriors for most of his life.

Another in the French quarter picked up a trumpet, and traveled the world as America’s Ambassador of Jazz. While Louis Armstrong was entertaining, a skinny kid from Hoboken would become chairman of the board.

Finally men like Joe Louis, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Larry Bird went from players to sports legends. All of these, as well as women like Amelia Earhart, Grandma Moses, and Ella Fitzgerald are uniquely American stories.

These people pursued happiness, achieved greatness, and impacted their world. They believed in the reality of American opportunity. We were given a legacy, not of easy achievement, but obtainable prosperity.

They brought us to here, is it perfect? No, but it never was. Washington had no guarantee that his story wouldn’t end with a hangman’s noose. The founding of our country wasn’t with serene portraits in a museum, but with the loud blasts of musket fire.

All of our famous faces owe their success to a country who’s very existence was a springboard to a better future. Tonight, when you hear the loud booms, and watch the vibrant colors. Think of them, not as gunpowder and sparkles, but as the voices and faces of our nation.

Isn’t an American sky beautiful on her birthday? Her favorite sons and daughters remind us, that we live in the land of hard work and ingenuity, we live in the United States Of America!

Alaskan Silver Understanding

Edward crawled out of the alley, making as much noise as he could. Someone heard him and came to investigate. They took him to the hospital and called Pin.

Edward was cut pretty badly, but the doctor explained that his attacker was an amateur. “Had he known what he was doing Sergeant, the man would be dead. This wasn’t an expert, it was a man filled with rage. He was stabbing anything he could.”

Pin stayed with him through the night. When he awoke the next morning, Pin asked him if he knew his attacker. “It was the former staffer that tried to blackmail me. Apparently he views me as the reason he lost everything. He rambled about revenge the entire time.”

After getting a description and giving it to a deputy, Pin went to Estelle’s room. He wheeled her in to meet Edward. She had heard about him, but hadn’t seen him before.

“This is Edward Mallory.” “I recognize Miss Reynolds from the newspaper. , I met your Father once, Conrad, before the Charlemagne shipwreck.” She just stared at him, and then tears began to run down her face. Estelle expected anger, or bitter words, but Pin just excused themselves and rolled her back to her room.

Once there, she braced herself for an argument, but didn’t expect what she received. Pin knelt beside her chair, put his arm around her, and let her cry. After that, he waited for her to speak.

She began her story, the shipwreck, the anger, and the plan. How she had used a false name, and the training. Then how she couldn’t go through with it, the fire, and meeting Pin. “I wanted to tell you, but I didn’t know how to say I have a past.”

“You start out by saying you were a young police officer that went undercover. You tell how an evil man threatened your family. How you took him in, but his friends were still out there. You tell the woman you love how you changed your name, moved across the country, and met her. You ask her to forgive you for the cause of both of your tears.”

“How can you love a murderer?” “I don’t I love you. You never hated him, if you had, you wouldn’t have saved him. Besides Estelle Reynolds is a much prettier name than the one you were using.”

Most of our episodes, we end with a cliffhanger, but not today. You see, like all Americans, Alaskan Silver celebrates this weekend. We rejoice in a country of freedom. Where we can have a second chance. An opportunity to worship freely, build a new life, and help others. God Bless Our Nation, and Happy Fourth Of July!