SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1976



Soot In The Flues

Hi to all you wonderful folks and aren't we having a great Happy Birthday year for our country. The programs and displays that are being put on locally and nationally are really heart warming. Once again the flames of patriotism are burning and here's hoping we can keep this warm fire going and remember the words 'One nation under God' -- when we forget 'under God' then I think we will no longer be that one nation. So as we spark the fires of patriotism, let us renew the fires of spiritual revival---I see great hopes for the future if we follow this path. Proverbs 3:5-6 'Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.' And this means our nation--from our government officials right down to each individual all over this great land. It means CARING about God and his direction for each of us, CARING for each other and CARING for our nation. (Incidentally, be sure and read the poem written by our editor in this issue. It is entitled 'I CARE' and brings out very beautifully what I'm trying to tell you. And now, on to the letters from our I.M.A. Family----

EINER H. TOSTENSON, 3609 24th Avenue, South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406 sends us this poem he wrote last December while anticipating the year of our country's Bicentennial Birthday.

OUR BICENTENNIAL

This year - nineteen seventy-six - our Bicentennial -
Two centuries - since this land became our own
When chains of colonialism - were stricken -
Since then - how our Country has grown.

The Declaration of Independence - that great document -
That set those thirteen Colonists free,
Signers pledged their lives their fortunes sacred honor
Through the ages - came to you and to me.

Men of vision, wide horizons wrote our Constitution -
With a Bill of Rights - standing the tests of time,
Brought forth - a new Nation - called the USA -
Our great Republic - that is really sublime.