A Letter to My Country

     In the middle of the tumult of opinion and war of words from those that we have placed our trust to maintain our homeland and country, I wish to write to you the feelings of my heart.  I remember the days where my love, respect, and devotion to you, my country, were well deserved.  I grew up in an environment where truth and honor were cherished.  I felt my country to be my loving compassionate father and mother, who let the burning desires of my heart flourish, a place of safety, of unity, of faith in the future, in tolerance, in love, in respect, in admiration of inspiring principles of truth and honor.  I am grateful for my country for having instilled into me these principles and having shown me the fruits of such a union.  We are called the United States of America and this is our true banner and moral compass.  I felt we were an example to the world of what unity and true purpose could be like among diverse cultures and people.

    The price we paid in blood for this unity is great.  In our history, we spilled our precious blood to defend this unity here on the North American continent to assure freedom from slavery to one another.  Our Civil War spilled more of our blood than all other wars combined, it was spilled on our land and taught us a great lesson.  The belief that we be judged not for the color of our skin, or even the color of our political party, but for the content of our character, as so well expressed by Martin Luther King who desired his children to be able to play in the streets with mine; we honor his thoughts today with a national holiday.  We have proven that we were willing to pay the price for such a resolution.  Such was the nature of our upbringing and the hope for our future.

    As I feel the father and mother of my homeland have taught me such noble principles while under their care, now I look on with a sense of dread as the core leadership of my country squabble, like two parents seeking a divorce.  I am sure that many of the children of our nation feel the same.   Many of us have experienced the pains of divorce between those we loved and appreciated.  The markings are familiar and clear.  Between warring parents, lies are fabricated, characters defamed, distrust and dishonor heaped upon each other, faults amplified, and arguments brought before the children that are intended to polarize and break hearts as loyalties are tested and the constant onslaught of divisive opinions expressed.  If the parents are lost in such a contest, the children of such a union are torn with heart-wrenching decisions of who to believe, and great loss of security, often with impassioned pleas to their parents to mend their differences and let our family return to the way it was before.

    In the past weeks, this war of opinions has left the halls of our house open to be raped and pillaged by shirtless barbarians, whose intent and purpose was made abundantly clear.  Let us show the strength to get such rabble out of our house and remember again the purpose and dignity of our country.  In the end, the truth will always prevail; the lies and accusations will fade away like frost to the light of day.  I ask us all, “Where will we stand when this contest is over?”  My hope is that we will stand on the principles upon which our union is based and forgive those, our brothers, with whom we have worked, sweated, and bled to make our country free from such barbarity.  Let what we have learned lead our firm resolve to a truly greater United States of America.

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14 thoughts on “A Letter to My Country

  1. Thank you Dr Gary for such words of truth; no division or even “side taking,” just unadulterated truth. I pray God is heard in each our hearts. “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves , and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” I’m always amazed He is NOT talking to anyone but His people. That is convicting to me. No one else is responsible but those of us who personally know and serve our Creator and Savior……also very inspiring to know the power we can wield that is healing and uplifting versus destructive and hateful. Thank you again for your insight words!… By the way, the CHC also provides an Avenue of healing in all aspects of our lives, and thus our nation. Beautiful and equipping! God bless you for using the gifts and passions He placed in hour life! With gratitude, Katherine Keller’s

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  2. D Kim Hansen says:

    Gary your words and wisdom resonate within us all. Thank YOU for sharing your thoughts. They are always enlightening. God bless America its children are struggling.

  3. jomcdaid says:

    Thank you, Dr. Samuelson, for so eloquently speaking about what many of us are feeling these days. We are grateful for the bountiful blessings we’ve enjoyed in our nation that have allowed us to grow up into caring individuals. However, many of us feel apprehension regarding the changes in our country we see happening right before our eyes. I place all my trust in our Lord, who has ultimate power and dominion over all. May God bless you, your family, and all who live in our great country! 🇺🇸

  4. Phyllis Wesley says:

    Dear Dr.Gary,

    Thank you for so eloquently putting into words how I and all who love our country think and feel. Hopefully, the importance of teaching our citizens the ACCURATE and TRUE factual history of sacrifices and sufferings for our FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY will become a PRIORITY in order to preserve the future of our nation. May we All Stand up and insist our congressman take action immediately.

    If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.

    —-Victor Hugo, Les Mis’erables

    Thank You, Dr.Gary

    Phyllis B.Wesley 🙏

    On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 10:50 AM Dr. Gary Samuelson wrote:

    > drgarysamuelson posted: ” In the middle of the tumult of opinion and > war of words from those that we have placed our trust to maintain our > homeland and country, I wish to write to you the feelings of my heart. I > remember the days where my love, respect, and devotion to ” >

  5. Hank and Kathleen Means says:

    Dr Samuelson,

    Thank you so very much for your well stated, thought out words that truly and clearly represent how Hank and I feel…we have been in prayer of gratitude for days, months, years for what we have been given personally and as a nation! Thank you again and we believe in unison with your concerns and hope to a greater day… let us all rise together !
    Hank and Kathleen

  6. Kelly Donahue says:

    So beautifully written Gary. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it and share your personal thoughts. I could just hear your voice in it, and see your face as I read your words. 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸❤

  7. Stephanie Ringsage says:

    Thank You Dr. Samuelson for a beautifully stated concern for our nation. Your analogy is spot on, very sad but true. Comparison to the warring divorce of parents and leaving the children in the wake of divisive trauma, is what appears to be like today. I do believe in the power of prayer, and i will continue to pray for Gods healing Grace to lead us to His Peace, His Reconciliation, His Truth. Thank you for sharing.

  8. steven swinehart says:

    Thank you are. Gary 💓 Im thrilled to protect th Privileges and purposes of our great country. Thank you for writing such a outstandingly wonderful essay on what is happening in the United States of America.

  9. Thank you Dr Gary. I live in Ireland and we feel the ripples here every day from the fall out in your country. We also shed blood blood for the freedom we have and now seems to be disappearing before our eyes. Your message applies to everyone in every country of the world, there is a lot of healing that needs to be done. I pray that good will overcome evil soon and our leaders wake up. Thank you Dr Gary for sharing your eloquent thoughts.
    Joe Nolan.

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