This weekend was kind of the 'fourth of july' weekend at church.
It was the Sunday that we sing all the patriotic songs and it also always happens to fall on the one Sunday a month where there are no planned speakers. Instead it's a day for anyone who wants to can come up to the pulpit and talk about things that are in their hearts; which in July, is usually themed upon this great country.
Sometimes people have really great stories to tell that touch your heart about those great people who have served and fought for this country, but to be honest, a lot of times it gets kind of awkward--some people get up and stand on their current political soap-box, which generally starts a strange chain-reaction of people talking about conspiracy theories and the like...at least that was what happened last year and my family spent the entire meeting with our heads between our knees laughing in embarrassment.
Luckily this year it wasn't quite as extreme, but i still a little strange for me. I even thought for a moment, that maybe it would better if i just didn't come to church the weekend before the fourth.
I know, I'm terrible.
What got me was when I was sitting in primary with my new little class of 6 year olds and we were all standing and singing the star spangled banner. I looked around to see each child with their gaze on our beautiful flag and their tiny hand over their hearts, and out of no where I got chocked up.
A sudden wave of patriotism came over me and I couldn't help but think about how wonderful it was that I was right where I was, in a church that I decided to be attending, and that people there were allowed to stand up and say whatever they needed to, good or bad about the government, that these little children could grow up to be whatever they wanted to be, and that we have a constitution that allows that.
I was grateful that i was having that moment of reflection, gratitude and pride.
I needed it.
Hope you have a very safe and happy day!
God bless America, and God bless the World.
headband: jcrew sale $8
shirt: H&M (stolen from marcus' closet)
leggings: lands end $20
watch: urban outfitters $22
bracelets: vintage, charlotte russe
(probably the most comfy shoe i've ever worn, might want to order a half size down)