In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic,
US Civil War Song
Many of us grew up singing Julia Ward Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic in school and we certainly sing this in church on patriotic holidays, like July 4th and Memorial Day.
This final verse has always inspired me. I personally feel that it has more meaning now, with our country so ideologically divided, perhaps more so than at any time since the Civil War.
Let us learn to put aside our political and religious differences. Let us recognize and put an end to our bigotry…racial, religious, and otherwise.
WE are America and our diversity is what has made us great, and strong, and free!
God so loved the world that he sent us this only Son. May we Americans build on that sacrifice to bring freedom to all men, women, and children!
I picked this particular work for this post because the shape of the stone struck me as having a deeper meaning. With it’s resemblance to an arrowhead, it symbolized the fight for freedom and American unity that the Battle Hymn represents. More importantly, it also can be interpreted as a forward button, as in we as a nation and a people must move forward from division to unity.