Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13Continue reading Remembering … In Gratitude
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Remembering the men and women who sacrificed their lives, limbs, health, families, or sanity to preserve America’s freedom.
Thank you to all the men and women, past, present, and future who have served in the military and a special thank you to their families for their very real sacrifices.
We are honored by all that you sacrificed. You have personified the values and priorities of true Americans.
Thank YOU for YOUR service. Because of you, we live in freedom.
America’s freedom cost our forefathers their lives, their health, their livelihoods.
America’s continued freedom has been preserved by our military members and those who support them. Today, there are about 1.4 million American military members and over 21.8 million veterans.
Today, I met a Viet Nam veteran who teared up as he spoke of his experiences and his buddy who lost his life serving our country. He spoke of the disgust Americans showed him and the shame he experienced when he returned to the United States.
Today, I met generals, enlisted members, and officers. I talked with members of the Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy, Reserves, and Homeland Security. All have a passion for the freedom of America. All have sacrificed for that freedom. The VietNam veteran lives with the loss of a friend and the memories of shame. Other veterans and military members lost time with their families, and they may have lost their health, marriage, and family members.
Cost of Freedom
Freedom cost Jesus everything.
It was for freedom that Jesus emptied Himself of His glory.
It was for freedom that Jesus poured Himself into the flesh of a baby.
It was for freedom that Jesus walked throughout Israel teaching, healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the leper, and giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf.
It was for freedom that Jesus allowed the torture of the cat-of-nine-tails.
It was for freedom that Jesus allowed the Romans to nail Him to the cross.
It was for freedom that Jesus endured the shame of the cross.
It was for freedom that Jesus took my sin and your sin upon Himself.
It was for freedom that Jesus conquered death and rose again.
It was for freedom that Jesus sits at the right hand of God and advocates for you and for me.
It was for freedom from the penalty of my sin … and your sin.
It was for freedom to see Jesus as He is and to live with Him forever.
Freedom costs everything.
Father, thank You for our military members and veterans. Freedom is precious. Thank You for America’s freedom. Thank You for the Christian’s freedom to live with You forever. God, bless our military members, our veterans, and their family members. Bestow us with the knowledge and awareness of how much freedom costs.
Please thank a military member, a veteran, and their families today.
Please share your memories of your sacrifices as a military member or veteran in the Comment Section.
Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us;
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Thank you, active duty military members, veterans,
and families for your service!
Jesus, thank You for these men and women who have laid aside their lives and their dreams for a season to preserve America’s freedom and to lift up the downtrodden. Thank You for the sacrifices of their families as they endured not knowing how their loved ones were. Thank You for the many sacrifices You made for us. Thank You.
Please thank a military member, a veteran, and their family members today!
From Valley Forge to Gettysburg, from Berlin to Versailles, from Pearl Harbor to Normandy, from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan, American soldiers and their families sacrificed their lives, limbs, physicial and mental health, and relationships for the freedom of others.
Today, we remember their sacrifices and celebrate the freedom that they fought so valiantly for.
Freedom cost everything, and they were willing to sacrifice it for us. Some died, so that we could live freely in America.
When Keith and I returned from three years at Clark AB in the Philippines, we were struck by how different America had become. We stopped at a gas station to fill up my Mom and Dad’s car, and we didn’t know how to put gas in the car. In that short three years, gas stations had gone digital!
In that short three years, we had changed and my family had remained the same, except Softsoap was now in their bathroom. We tried to tell them about the monsoons, typhoons, fear of Keith being deployed to Iran, and fear for safety. They could not understand.
Our service men and women have sacrificed much, and we can only see glimpses of how much those sacrifices cost them.
I can only imagine the sacrifices that Jesus made for me. I can recite those sacrifices, but how can I understand them fully? God died for me. God died for you. For freedom!
For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:19-20
That freedom cost Jesus everything. More than death. Jesus suffered the humiliation of being beaten and scourged so horribly that He was too weak to carry His cross to Golgotha. Then, He was nailed to the cross and died. A Roman soldier pierced Him with a sword. The Divine Son of God, God Himself, took the sin of the past, the present, and the future upon Him. He became sin, and because of that sin, He agonized as God turned away from Him for a time.
Our freedom from sin cost Jesus everything. But He was the Victor. He rose and took His place at the right hand of God to speak on our behalf!
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galations 5:1
For freedom, our soldiers and their families sacrificed everything.
For freedom, our Savior sacrificed everything.
Father in heaven, thank You for our military service men and women, our veterans, and their families. Bless them, we pray, with the knowledge of You and with the satisfaction that they have made a difference in America. We are privileged to live in freedom in America. Thank You for placing us here. We are privileged to know Jesus as our Savior. Thank You for giving us the gift of freedom in Jesus. May we bring glory to America and to You. God, bless America richly and turn her back to You!