Monday, May 25, 2009

Freedom Isn't Free

Today is Memorial Day. It is a day, here in America, when we stop to remember those who have served our country and pay tribute to those who are serving now. For many of us, we remember our grandfathers, uncles or brothers who have worn the uniform of service to their country in years gone by. For me, on this day, I want to take a moment to pay honor to my children. I have three children and they all wear a uniform of service. They have decided to serve their country. One is a police officer and the other two are Marines. They know that wearing the uniform comes with sacrifice and risk but they have chosen to wear it proudly.

Because of them, and so many like them, I continue to enjoy my freedom today. I am able to worship wherever I choose. I can share my faith openly without fear of persecution. I don't have to be afraid because I am a woman. While I sleep at night, my home, my property and my family is being protected. I am a" 911" call away from help anytime day or night. So many times we take for granted the many freedoms we do have in America.

There is a popular bumper sticker out that says "Freedom Isn't Free". For hundreds of years men and women have "paid the price" to give us the freedom we enjoy every day. All too often the ultimate sacrifice has been paid in the "line of duty." I pray that we never forget them.

I know that for many years mothers have watched, with mixed feelings, as their children put on their uniform of service. In a small way, I imagine, they wish they would have chosen something else. But a much larger part of them is proud and thankful that they have decided to serve their country.

And on this day, I want to say "Thank You Eric, Holly and Brent for wearing your uniform". I am incredibly proud of you and I continue to pray that "He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all of your ways, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." (Psalms 91:11)