I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July weekend!
I spent much of Sunday and Monday singing patriotic songs, both aloud and to myself. I just love those tunes that I don't even remember learning. I love the patriotism and poetry of the words...and I especially love singing them in their entirety...rather than just the first familiar verses of each song.
I love that those who penned these songs (My Country Tis Of Thee, America the Beautiful, the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America) long ago recognized the "Author of Liberty" in each...the One in whom we should place our trust...through whom we know ultimate freedom and peace.
Recently, at a Parent Practicum (training conference) for Classical Conversations, we examined the "Star Spangled Banner," using the three stages of the classical model of education. I really enjoyed this exercise. I had never read the entire song, much less sung it. I learned so much...
The four verses of our national anthem are written below...I challenge you to read them aloud slowly (pay attention to the punctuation!)...not getting lost in the familiar rhythm of the song but pausing to reflect on the words.