Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Happy Birthday, America!
Happy 231st Birthday, America!
The kids and I are heading to the beach, along with 75% of San Diego County. You see, the beach highs are supposed to be around 75, while we're expecting up to 110 at our home in the mountains. Plus it's the 4th of July, and in San Diego, the beach is where it's at.
From the roof of my parents' home, which is half a block from Pacific Beach, we'll be able to see multiple firework displays, the best being from Sea World. The rest of my family is already at the beach, but we're heading in later this afternoon, hoping for a parking place. I'm not feeling my best, and we're entertaining the next two days. A slower start is all I have in me right now, unfortunately to the kids' disappointment (and my promise that we'll go next week when it isn't nearly so crowded and dangerous). In addition to the crowds, the beaches today are expecting rather high surf (seven feet plus) and there have been some horrific rip currents; a Marine drowned two days ago swimming in such an area.
But we'll be able to enjoy family, food, and fireworks tonight, and we'll also stay the night to avoid the nasty traffic jams that can last two hours or more just getting to the freeway. We'll buzz home tomorrow and get the house and food ready for our creative arts meeting at 12:30. Then Keith's sister, brother-in-law, and their three girls who live in Phoenix will be stopping by on Friday to visit on their way back to Arizona from a short business trip to LA. Busy week! Good thing I decided to rest this morning and not get to the beach at the crack of dawn, like the rest of the county....
A prayer for our country, from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Happy Independence Day! May God bless our country this day and forevermore!