Independence Day

I just wanted to take a minute as I prepare for my long weekend to say “thank you” to all the military men and women out there who are working so hard this weekend (and every other weekend of the year) to ensure my freedoms. Although “thank you” just doesn’t seem like enough.

In this time of political unrest, not only in America but in many countries around the world, I find it even more important to honor, thank, respect, and appreciate our service men and women. Every day, in every way they walk the line for us. They stand on a fence knowing that at any moment they could be shot at; they ride in a jeep knowing every bump, crater, and rut in the road could hide a land mine. Every day these brave men and women wake up knowing that today might be the day they don’t make it home.

Regardless of how you might feel personally about this war we’re in, I ask that you put your own feelings aside for just a minute tomorrow, and say a prayer for protection for these brave souls. Remember those men and women are standing on a foreign battle field so you have the right to be angry about the war, so you have the right to stand on a picket line, so you have the right to hold public demonstrations, and scream profanities at the American government, and so you have the right to post heinous messages across the Internet, bashing our leaders and our military.

Those men and women are doing something you can not or will not dothey are standing up for your rights against forces that wish to strip you of them.

Please do not take your freedom for granted. Do not assume the because you have done nothing to earn your freedom you are entitled to is. Freedom is never free!

“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24


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