Land of the Free

Tammie Edington Shaw is my guest writer today.  She is a former newspaper editor and creative coordinator for David C. Cook. She is on the staff of the Write-to-Publish Conference and lives with her husband near Chicago.  Here’s a couple of links to find out more about her. (Letters Across the Page)


Thanks, Tammie for sharing your devotion with my readers.

Land of the Free

by Tammie Edington Shaw

1 Timothy 2:1-2

I Urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

“Did you vote?” This is the question my Mother always asks me when there is an election.

I usually vote, but I hate to admit it, I have missed a few local elections, although no presidential ones. But, I have had to tell my Mother, on occasion and ashamedly, that I didn’t vote.

“Oh, Tammie,” she would say. “I couldn’t miss voting in an election. I still hear the words of Miss Derby: ‘It is a privilege to vote.’ After fifty-five years, my Mother still remembers some wise words of her 4’11” spinster high school teacher.

Our country has many troubles, but, I would rather live in the United States, than anywhere else in the world. We can still go to church every Sunday and worship as we please, and we do have the opportunity to elect our officials.

Thank you, God that I was born in a land of the free.

Tammie Edington Shaw (Letters Across the Page)


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