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Happy Birthday, My Friend
by JMS Bell

Sunday, July 04, 2010
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I told myself that this year, there would be no 'Independence Day' Inspiration because, last night I picked up pen and paper, wrote a few words then stopped, tore it up and started again and stopped again. But, as always, God had other plans. Today, after I came home from church, these words came from the Inspirer...

Just a note to let you know

I appreciate your


I am grateful God...deemed

that in this land I should be born

It could have been some other place

where 'Liberty' is trashed and torn


Many have come to your doors

and you've opened them wide

Sometimes for this you've paid  a hard price

but your 'Freedom'...still abides


I know you've been around a while

you've been battered...showing wear and tear

But I want to say,  even with your imperfections

I am so proud of you...and


Every day...

no matter what your condition or weather

I thank God for His sweet Mercy and Grace

which brought you and I...together


With much love, that will never end...

Happy Birthday, My Friend





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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 10/22/2012
A very nice tribute to our country. We are so lucky to live in a place wher freedom abides...Mary Grace
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/9/2012
beautiful write. BTW red is a colour that is hard on those with weak eyes.
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 7/6/2010
Very well written Joyce. God bless this wonderful land we live in, America! May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/5/2010
Splendid write, Joyce!God Blessed America!
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 7/5/2010
Beautiful! I love it, and I love my country the way you do. God Bless America!!!!
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/5/2010
Very sweet write, and tribute to your country, Joyce. Well done!

Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 7/5/2010
Beautiful, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, indeed!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/5/2010
Nothing beats than seeing the American flag waving on my Swedish balcony Home Sweet Home flying to me.


Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/5/2010
BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/5/2010
Fine work, Joyce
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/5/2010
Simply excellent, Joyce. God bless.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/5/2010
I think the simplicity of these words wishing our country a happy birthday is priceless, Joyce. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your den sister Barbie
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/4/2010
Joyce, I have lived in Europe for over ten years now....31/2 in the UK and 61/2 in Italy....and although both places are beautiful, I can, in all honesty say, that we, as Americans are truly blessed. Beautiful writing, Joyce.
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 7/4/2010
Very well done Joyce. A lovely way to celebrate this special day in the life of our country.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/4/2010
well said
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 7/4/2010
Well penned, thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 7/4/2010
Indeed, still a baby nation, or early preteen. A culture will develop over the next 1000 years. Or faster if it could learn from the indigenous peoples.

Indeed, Canada is blessed to be in the commonwealth, giving it a balanced mature view ever since 1812 when it kicked the new yanky ways out.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/4/2010
An apt and timely offering, Joyce. Me (in Canada) and you (in the U.S.A.) are fortunate to live where we do. Love and blessings,

Reviewed by TONY NERONE 7/4/2010
Beautiful tribute, well done, Joyce.

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