On Tuesday, August 2nd, I happily became an American. After residing in the US for fifty years as a legal permanent resident, I proudly took my Oath of Allegiance and officially became a citizen.
In the days since, I have been processing what it means to be an American. The actual naturalization ceremony proved more powerful and overwhelming than I anticipated. I cannot adequately describe what it means to finally be an an American.
Becoming an American, for me, is more than checking the box and crossing a to-do off my list. It is a step that is showing itself to be far more transforming and life-changing. It has caused me to reflect and contemplate what to do with my newly acquired citizenship.
Thankfully, the Lord has already shown me, in His great kindness, several applications for upcoming sermons. People, through their generous encouragement and heartfelt congratulations, have made me realize the importance and impact of this moment, not only on my life. but theirs as well.
Five things I cherish as a newly naturalized American are 1) the Constitution, 2) the Declaration of Independence, 3) the Star-Spangled Banner, 4) the Pledge of Allegiance, and 5) freedom.
The last few mornings, in addition to my Bible reading, I have studied the words of our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. After I spend a few moments praying, I find myself reading the words of the Star Spangled Banner and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. These have proven to be powerful moments for me.
Through the naturalization process, I gained my full voice. Once I took the Oath of Allegiance and became an American, I realized that I had fully gained freedom. For the first time in my life, I could express myself as full-fledged American.
I look forward to what the Lord will continue to do in the days ahead with my new citizenship. I don’t doubt that He will use my story. My only question is how.
May the Lord shine His favor on you this week. And may God bless America.
The Devotional Guy™