What Price Freedom? Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Freedom Comes

With Great Cost

Blessings on this Memorial Day weekend.  As you gather with family and friends remember those who gave all in service to our country.  On Memorial Day we in the United States of America honor the memory of our fallen throughout the history of our Nation.  These brave men and women paid the ultimate price to keep this land free.  On this day and every day pray for those who are serving now.  Pray for their families who serve as well.  Pray for all who have come home wounded.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

We currently have volunteer Armed Forces.  These warriors leave the comfort of family and home to lay their lives on the line daily so we can remain free.  They are not drafted to service.  They willingly step up to protect you and me.  All will give some and some will give all.

Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for you.  There is no greater love than the love He has for you to have laid down His life so that you could have eternal life.  He died to set you free from the ravages of sin and destruction.  Take today to align your life with Him whether for the first time or as a renewal of commitment.

Our brave service men and women sacrifice to keep us free in this country.  Their love of country and of the ideals that have made this United States of America great spur them on to defend our freedom.  Many have and many will lay down their lives to keep us One Nation under God.  Take a moment and think about the valor of these warriors who serve.  As you hang your American flag today consider the cost.  You are able to fly this flag because of the countless who gave up their life.

Our History is “This Nation Under God”

I have included an excerpt from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  He speaks of the sacrifice of those fallen in the Civil War.  I believe his words echo for all who have fallen in battle throughout our history as a Nation. He speaks of a ‘new birth of freedom.’  We stand at a crossroads in history.  May freedom remain our battle cry.

May God bless the United States of America.  May God bless our troops.  May God bless you this Memorial Day and always.

Quotes to Ponder This Week

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s own life for his friends.”  Jesus, John 15:13

“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate-we cannot consecrate-we cannot hallow-this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.  It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~President Abraham Lincoln, November 1863, Gettysburg Address

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”  ~Douglas MacArthur

“The purpose of all war is ultimately peace.” ~St. Augustine

A Prayer Request

Thank you for your continued faithfulness to pray. Please keep all who serve our country, our diplomatic corps, our servicemen and women and their families in prayer for salvation and safety. They are our front-line on the battlefield, let us be their front-line in the spirit. Also, let us cover all who have come home wounded that they and their families will receive the kindness, help and support they need to go forward in their lives. May the Lord bless them and keep them safe.

Pray for all throughout the world for hedges of protection against radical Muslim extremists and all forms of terrorism. We have long prayed for spiritual victory over radical Islam in Esther’s Warriors Ministry. We now see the reality of this threat come to the forefront in this time in world history. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Please pray for all in authority over us, for the full truth to come forth concerning Benghazi as new hearings will be held. We as Americans and the families of those murdered in Benghazi deserve to be told the truth. Hearings to seek the whole truth have nothing to do with politics as some in current leadership like to posit. Our people were left to be brutally killed. As new information comes to light the only political implication many of us see is a possible cover-up before a Presidential election. Scandals are rife in this administration. We the people are not that naive. Pray that God will open doors to let the truth flow for all of us in this United States of America! The truth shall keep us free.

May God richly bless the United States of America, bring to light every single crooked place and keep her safe. May we arise united once again as One Nation Under God in this auspicious season in our country’s history. We continue to pray for truth to prevail as we saturate this country in prayer and stand for all that is right in America and for all of us who call ourselves American. These are treacherous times and now more than ever we must maintain our walk. Fail not in this hour.

Please Join Me in Prayer

Father God, We thank You for the ultimate price that Jesus paid to set us free.  We thank you for each and every man and woman who steps up in this season to keep us free as a Nation.    We come in agreement for hedges of protection around our troops and their families.  We remember our fallen warriors and ask Your peace to descend on their families this day and always.  Place deep in our heart the love of God and love of country that has guided our Nation from its inception.  We thank You that You keep Your hand on this United States of America and that we will remain One Nation Under God.  Raise us up in fullness ‘for such a time as this.’ We pray this in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen and Amen.

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