thinking out loud


as WE remember

the price that was paid for freedom

AS the school year ends all across the country and the long hot summer days are before us between the end of one and the beginning of another is Memorial Day.  More than just a signal to young people everywhere they don't have to wake up early for a while.  More than the beginning of summer fun ahead and a day off for most adults.  Memorial day is the time we reflect on the price that has been and still being paid by those who serve in our armed forces for our civil liberties.  Whether we agree or disagree on the policies and procedures of our government, we all respectfully and with price enjoy our freedom to choose.

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3ok "THE land of the free and the home of the brave."  America was built on the foundation of  choice for all "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", and men and women throughout many years have served to maintain these precious freedoms.  If you are of a certain age you either know by experience or have heard the stories of brave souls enlisting to serve.  Facing leaving family, rigorous training, deployment, war, fear, loneliness, and possible death those who served and are serving knew the risk but yet felt compelled to serve.  For them it was more than a job it was a calling.  It is estimated in all the American wars combined more than one million brave never returned home.  And yet sometimes without thought we go throughout our day planning what we're hoping to do, or where we want to go.  Sitting in a restaurant enjoying the food, at the park, working out, at a school function, at work, at the church of our choice without a second thought as to how these things are possible.  Someone gave up something.

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HONORING these brave souls who so freely gave of themselves that we may live life with choices, one can't help but think about another who paid a great price.  Our armed services stand ready to secure earthly liberties.  There is one who also gave to the point of death for our eternal freedom.  His name is Jesus

John 3:16-17 tells us

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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It was the cross Jesus went to so any thousands of years ago willingly.  Not for a certain group, race or nationality but for all.  Securing for all that would believe,  an eternity so amazing beyond what we could ever imaged.  Why?  Some of those brave men and women who serve in our armed forces don't even know us.  If we would talk to some we would probably find that we have different views on many subjects, we might even disagree on a few.  I'm sure before their enlistment they came across some people they just didn't really care for.  They didn't go saying I'm only serving for these people.  They serve for all people to have freedom.  Long before them there was one who gave for all knowing that some would accept Him and some would not.  What God gave to us only and what America's foundation is built upon is the freedom of CHOICE.  With choice comes responsibility, freedom is available it's your choice to accept or reject.  Let us not forget as we honor our brave soldiers to take some time and honor Him.  His name is Jesus