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Watch and listen to this beautifully arranged rendition of America The Beautiful (arranged and performed by Fred McKinnon). Many of our readers and contributors are in the U.S. and as we celebrate Independence Day this week we continue to offer the lyrics of this song as a prayer for our nation:

…God shed His grace on thee…

…God mend thine ev’ry flaw…

…May God thy gold refine…

…And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Recorded Saturday morning, June 27, 2015, one week prior to Independence Day, 2015. At a time when the United States of America wrestles in social, racial, moral, and religious conflict, my heart grieves yet is inclined to play this simple prayer: “America, America, God shed His grace on Thee”.

America the Beautiful, Public Domain, this arrangement and performance, ©2015, Highest Praise Productions, Inc.
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