“Let the poor, the needy and oppressed of the Earth, and those who want Land, resort to the fertile plains of our western country, the second land of Promise, and there dwell in peace, fulfilling the first and great commandment.” -George Washington
The United States is a nation of immigrants who came together to “form a more perfect union”. Today the Statue of Liberty stands high on her pedestal in the New York Harbor and continues to welcome all who visit her with these words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Over the centuries, immigrants sought out this “land of promise” to find freedom and an opportunity to carve out a better life for themselves and their families. The American Dream can still be a reality for all who set out with this same vision and ambition. In this land of plenty there is no need to be in want.
The Shepherd’s Psalm
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. – Psalm 23