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REFLECTIONS ON JULY 4th – INDEPENDENCE DAY

freedomLike millions of Americans, my mind is on the Fourth of July holiday and what it represents: our freedom as a nation. The freedom we enjoy in the United States of America is a precious thing, bought with the sweat, toil and blood of the countless Americans who initially fought to obtain it (Revolutionary War), as well as those who have fought to secure it in the centuries since that fateful day in 1776.

Gratitude without measure wells up in my heart when I consider the brave men and women of the American military who, this Fourth of July, are still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan to combat the tyranny of terrorism. These soldiers stand in the train of valiant warriors who fought in the Revolutionary War (mentioned above), the Civil War, two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf War. Each of these conflicts—while unique in themselves—share the common goal of protecting American freedom. Today’s battles are no different.

But even as I value my freedom as an American, I am moved to consider a greater freedom—the freedom I found in Christ. It is the freedom that comes with being a disciple of Jesus Christ. “If you abide in my word,” our Lord declares, “you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

Unfortunately, many Americans take “freedom” for granted. We place trust in our career, in money, in doing good works for others, in associations, etc., etc.

On July 4th, I ask myself, “What do I trust in?”. While I reflect on the freedoms I enjoy living in this country, I also remembered that my true citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) and that my freedom in Christ is, indeed, of infinite worth!

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REFLECTIONS ON MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day for Facebook - 2 pics togetherI’m realizing how quickly time passes the older I become. The days, weeks and months disappear all too quickly and I now realize that the years seem to be accelerating. We’re told in James 4:14 NKJV, “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Mortality is a given . . . all of us will die.

When a soldier leaves home to serve his country they are literally putting their lives on the line for us, Americans. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, it comes with a price, a price that our forefathers understood and our soldiers understand today.

Ronald Reagan said it best, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same”.

Today as I reflect on the price of liberty my heart goes out to the families of the men and woman who have served our Country, those who are currently serving our country and those who didn’t return home, who paid the ultimate price and left their earthly lives on the battlefields across the world.

As you enjoy your time with family and friends, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on what Memorial Day really means and remember those who have gone on before you.

God bless you!