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As the wife of a military member, Memorial Day means much more to me, however, the honoring of our military is a thought at the forefront of my mind every day. We live in military housing where each branch is represented. Our neighbors in the community are Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and a few National Guard of various branches. I am aware of the families around me who are separated from their loved ones because of deployments and long-term TDYs (Temporary Duty). Each time I see a military police, I know that they are most likely here for a six month stint and that their family is someone where else, living life without them, missing them. For members of the military, every day is a memorial. If they have been any part of the mission to free our world of tyrants, they remember the cost. They remember fallen brothers and sisters. They remember everyday.
This Memorial Day, I want to thank each person who knows that our freedom isn’t free and works, sacrifices, and chooses this life of service.
Very recently someone attacked the title of my blog. Apparently having country in the title and reading my about page offended them enough for unsolicited comments about how the USA is not a nation of peacekeepers, but a nation of warmongers and violence. I didn’t respond, but it spurred a great conversation with my budding feminist, liberal, daughter. Our nation hasn’t been built on peace, that is true. To battle against the tyranny of the British, the French, to gain the freedoms that we have today, it’s been built on the shedding of blood. In order that every man, woman, child; regardless of race or creed, have freedom,it has meant that a huge number of good men had to lay down their lives in death.
We have the greatest picture of that, a prime example. My freedom as a human came through great sacrifice. God, knowing full well that one sacrifice was needed, gave His only Son, Jesus Christ to die a horrible death. Abused, beaten, spit upon; not for a crime, but willingly so that I and all humankind could be free from the penalty of death for our sin.
Freedom costs, freedom is covered in blood shed for the cause.
Thank you to our men and women in harm’s way, fighting to keep us free and give freedom to those who can’t fight for themselves. Thank you Jesus for the example of the cost of freedom and for the grace that you shower upon us.