Recently Bill Keane's comic strip, The Family Circus, showed a little girl kneeling on her bed and telling her Mother, "I couldn't remember The Lord's Prayer so I said the Pledge of Allegiance." Isn't that sweet? Who can doubt that God would also find such childish innocence sweet - and wonderful! But there is an unintended wisdom in it. All our prayers are, in some sense, a pledge of allegiance are they not? Along with our want list and our wish list, along with our confessions of sin and pleas for forgiveness is there not always an unstated pledge of our allegiance to God?

-Robert Shannon, Preaching May/June 1998