He arose

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!     
Robert Lowry

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: Luke 24:6

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America’s trying times

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

darkness to light

~ That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which makes our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve, which could not happen unless we had commenced with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light. –

Albert Pike