I Pledge Allegiance

courtesy pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Yesterday here in the United States of America we celebrated our declaration of independence from colonial rule way back in 1776. Our flag, like many country’s flags, contains the colors red, white and blue.

As I thought about what it means to declare independence from tyrants and pledge allegiance to truth, I focused on the colors red, white, and blue. I considered the independence Christians have from Satan through the power of the blood of the Resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. And I came up with several thoughts.

Red is the color of Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary.courtesy pixabay

Blue is the color of the bruises that covered his tortured body.

White is the color of our sins which have been washed white as snow.

Red. White. And Blue.

Though we may pledge allegiance to a country, our true and utmost allegiance belongs to The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world through his sacrifice on the cross.

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Because of this, God lifted Jesus high above everything else. He gave Him a name that is greater than any other name. So when the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow down before Him. And every tongue will say Jesus Christ is Lord. Everyone will give honor to God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.


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New Name

Do you have a nickname? Do you give others nicknames?

Growing up, I wanted a nickname. My dad called me Little Bit, and that was good, but that was a name my dad gave me.

Sissy called me Brat, alternating with Pest. She still does, but those names don’t count, either.

In junior high, I finally received my first real nickname when the star of our basketball team asked me a question. Bill dropped the y off my last name and added an s. He called me Kirbs, and the name stuck.

My sister-in-law did sort of the same thing when she dropped the y, and added an s to my first name, and came up with Sands.

When I attended Space Camp for Educators at the Huntsville, Alabama U.S. Space &


Rocket Center, we were told to come up with nicknames for the name tags on our flight suits. I  came up with a name. But, giving yourself a nickname really isn’t the same as having a friend give one to you.

I have TONS of nicknames for Pilot — all good. 🙂 I didn’t realize just how many different names I had for my husband until a Space Camp alum visited. Ole 49 asked, “How many names do you have for the guy?” Lots. Among the many names I have for Pilot, my favorite is Handsome.

Thinking about nicknames led me to consider the many, many names there are for Jesus. I’ve listed a few that came to mind.

Master. Redeemer. King of kings. Messiah. LORD of lords. Lamb of God. Bread of Life. Alpha and Omega. Risen Savior.

Whether they believe, or not, the fact is ALL shall bow before Christ as King of kings and LORD of lords. As I look forward to that day, I also look forward to the new name I will be given by my Father in Heaven. (Revelation 2:17) I don’t know what that name will be, but I know it won’t be Brat.

Do you have a nickname? I’d love to hear what it is, plus, any additional names for Jesus you’d like to add to the list.

That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11  (NKJV)

I wish you well.



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