We just paused for a moment in time to remember those who have gone before us and those who now leave family behind with a heart to defend this country, preserving all the privileges that come with the flying of Ole Glory. Some have given their all to afford us these privileges, and I am afraid we often do not consider the cost and even take for granted. The journey that allowed us to become the United States of America was forged with blood soaked soil, loss of a son, husband, or daughter. Wars are ugly leaving emotional and physical scars that affect our veterans to this day. Soldiers returning from “hell on earth” only to be spit on and despised. Do we really understand?
Although most know the words to the pledge of alliance many don’t know the words to our national anthem. I have noticed a resurgence of patriotism! I was encouraged recently, when at a ball game, the national anthem was not going to be played so the people in the stands stood and sung the anthem. It was said afterwards they normally only play the anthem at the beginning of the games but now it will be played before each game. We must not forget or put in the background the cost of our freedom as a nation. It must be passed on from generation to generation with the respect and honor deserving of these heroes. Remember Memorial Day is every day. The next time you see a solider, active or veteran, go over to them and let them know you appreciate their service. Extend that appreciation to policemen, firefighters, and emergency individuals. And next time you sing the national anthem, stand a little taller and sing it for those who served or who are serving now and for the families!
The freedom we enjoy as God’s children was also a journey of a horrific nature with blood soaked soil. Jesus, the holy Son of God, was spit on, mocked, and beaten almost beyond recognition. His mother, at the foot of the cross, sobbing as many family members have over the casket of one lost in war. The gospel of the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus must be passed on from one generation to the next. God gave us life while we were dead in our sins. We must not forget the blood of the Cross or place in the background because through it God reached down through His Son to give us freedom in Christ. Freedom to live for Him. We don’t have the right to live any way we want. We represent our LORD. What image are we showing to those around us? Scriptures tells us “we are to live a life worthy of the calling.” We must be counted with His sufferings in order to enjoy all the abundance He rose to give us. What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. ~ Ephesians 4:1-3 NLT
One freedom is physical, the other spiritual, and neither one is free! America the Beautiful. It all comes under God. We would not enjoy either one without Him. So how do we express thankfulness? Live for Jesus in a way that the Father in heaven receives honor and glory. Pass on the gift of salvation so others will know the freedom that comes with belonging to the one and only true God. And when we sing “Amazing Grace” we should stand tall, not of anything we have done, but in the mercy of God.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. ~ Matthew 5:16 NLT
In Love and Blessings,