It is about personal freedom . . . the kind that many of us take for granted. There are civilizations that exist in this world where personal freedom is just a dream.
"We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls."
~ Robert J. McCracken
As a grateful American, I admire what my ancestors went through to come to the "new country" . . . packing up all their personal belongings along with a dream of a better life for their family and future generations. Freedom and opportunity . . . risking everything to set forth into the unknown. How courageous. I often wonder if I would go through that extreme for the sake of a dream.
The people of Egypt are weighing heavy on my heart and mind as they enter into the unknown, risking their lives for the dream of freedom and opportunity for themselves, their families and a better life for future generations. Having many long-time online friends from Egypt, getting to know them through the years and hearing their stories has given me a personal connection to what is going on in their world at this time. I worry about them and the whole situation makes me sad . . . and I understand their plight . . . they are doing what they have to do.
Peace may or may not come after the storm, but it is a risk they are willing to take. We will all have taken chances during our lifetime in search of a dream, no matter how big or small. My prayers are with them . . . and for a peaceful world that we may or may not see in our lifetime. I pray that we do . . . we are all in God's hands.
The events of the past week have really had me thinking about these friends and what they must be going through at this time. My fascination with Egypt started as a child when I first discovered the love of books and the library that opened up the world to me . . . and my interest was in the rich history, the artifacts. It broke my heart when I heard that there was a fire at the Cairo Museum that would potentially destroy treasures of the past.
All these thoughts prompted me to make the following video . . . a tribute to Egyptians, their rich history and beautiful country . . .