You know, Memorial Day was started as a special day to honor the men & women who have given their lives in service to our country. When I was growing up, our school always had a special program on Veterans Day and all these old guys would come wearing their little hats and we were all just glad we were out of our classes for the program… until they would start telling stories of the friends they had lost in the war. And then we saw that truly…
And then God moved my husband and me next to an Army base. And we made friends with lots of military families. And as we saw how they trained and worked day in and day out, dealing with separations and danger, we learned even more that …
And then I got the call one day. Another homeschool mom called to tell me that my friend Kathy’s husband, who was a Blackhawk pilot, was shot down & killed in Iraq along with 5 other men. That’s it, he was gone. They were gone. In service to our country. In the fight for freedom.
As their family continues on now without Kyran, they know and feel deep down in their bones daily that freedom isn’t free.
And all of my friend’s who have husbands serving in the military, they all know that freedom isn’t free. They get orders and they know that they’ll be going to Iraq or wherever the need may be. No matter what is going on in their lives – holidays, family difficulties, pregnancies, home repairs, whatever. They get orders to go and they simply go.
So today, I took some time and watched my friend Jamie’s church online. Her church had an amazing Memorial Day Service. It’s an amazing service and Lt. Colonel Oliver North is their special guest speaker. But at the very first of the video, you’ll see the handsome guy in uniform and that’s Jamie’s husband. He was my first REALLY close friend in the military. He was the one who taught us about the commitment and dedication that our men & women in the military display daily in all that they do. He was the first who showed us the heart of one man in a uniform. A man who loves his wife & kids. A man who loves his family & friends. A man who loves his country. And a man who loves his Lord.
Freedom isn’t free.
This week’s Homeschool Minute was dedicated to military homeschooling families and I got a great note from a lady named Luisa whose son has served and will be serving again in Iraq which put things all in perspective. She said,
"How easy it is for us to sit back and enjoy our freedom and yet never really realize it comes at a cost. At least not until it "hits home". My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones in the war and pray that God’s peace will sustain them. I am comforted in remembering that God gave His Son to fight for our freedom and that He holds the future in His hands. He is in control of all our lives. All we can do is pray that His will be done!!"
Yes, even my eternal freedom was won at a great price. I am so grateful. It was a debt I could have never paid.
Our men & women serving each day aren’t selfish. They aren’t fighting merely for themselves, or their family’s freedom. No they fight even to secure freedom for others. Strangers in far away places that could never have that freedom without them.
Greater love hath no man than this,that a man lay down his life for his friends.