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The Impossible Dream 07/03/2013

Posted by pastorhigdon in Uncategorized.


As I pause this evening for a few minutes of quiet contemplation before the excitement of the family gatherings, picnics, and fireworks extravaganzas kick into high gear. I wanted to take a moment to share with you what our nation, this extraordinary experiment in democracy, this shining beacon of freedom around the world, means to me.

I remember as a young boy singing the song, “The Impossible Dream,” not realizing, at the time, that I had no idea what those words really meant.

To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star …

This is my quest, to follow that star …
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far …
To fight for the right, without question or pause …
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause …

And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm,
when I’m laid to my rest …
And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach … the unreachable star …


As I have gotten older, I am just now beginning to understand the significance of those words. My friends, freedom can be an impossible dream. Freedom sometimes means fighting against all odds against an unbeatable foe, but being willing to fight anyway,

 It sometimes means bearing unbearable sorrows when we consider what freedom really costs us in the lives of our brightest and best

It sometimes means being willing to run into harm’s way when everyone else is running away

It sometimes means being willing to fight for what’s right even when public opinion is against you.

 It sometimes means standing up for something and loving so deeply that you are willing to sacrifice your own life for a cause greater than yourself.

It means doing what’s right even when no one is watching, and never giving up no matter how tired and weary you become,

It may even mean being willing to march into hell for a purpose much higher and greater than yourself.

As I pray for our nation on this 4th of July, I pray that we will each continue to strive with our last ounce of courage to reach… the unreachable… star!

Enjoy what I believe is the most beautiful arrangement of this song ever performed!




1. Judy Schoonover - 07/04/2013

As always, Jim…very well said. And yes, no one can sing this like him…thank you for the post…

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