Friday, July 4, 2008
HOME OF THE BRAVE
The 4th of July...Independence Day
It is much more than a day of fireworks, picnics, red, white and blue...
It is a day to celebrate
Land of the free and home of the brave!
Today as I thought about this significant day, I looked around my home and wanted to share how thankful I am for our freedom, our country...but also our Heroes and most of all our Great God of Heaven.
I have a room dedicated to our American freedom..an "Americana" room. Over the years I have collected various things to make the room what it is...
There's the "Americana" doll my sister handmade that I also attached pins of importance. Unit pins from both my sons in their service to Iraq. The photo on the wall is of my dad in the Army...he is holding the American Flag.
I have a framed flag painting on the wall...metal star curtain holders...stacking Patriotic boxes filled with my son's books they read in their youth. A flag light switch cover...flag clock...and so forth. This is also my guest room. I think they just might understand my heart for Heroes of our country.
And then there is the framed copy of a certificate given upon my father's death stating the appreciation of the American people for his service to his country. Signed..by President George Bush Sr. I love it!
This photo of the flag in the cupboard...is my dad's flag...the one draped on his casket for his military honors funeral, folded neatly and presented to me on that day.
My eldest son was presented this medal below by the National Guard upon his safe return from Iraq. He also earned the combat badge for heavy firefighting he encountered with insurgents.
I looked over a book we just bought called "American HEROES" by Oliver North. What a fantastic book. There are sections dedicated to those who gave their lives and received the Medal of Honor and those who received the Silver Star and the Navy Cross. The stories brought tears to my eyes and filled my heart with such awe of the gallantry of these Heroes. The other book Military Medal of Honor are stories of living recipients. Moving stories of the BRAVE.
The book also tells stories of GOD in the midst. AMEN. Other HEROES who didn't receive medals ..but a crown awaiting ..I'm sure, in Glory. One young woman a specialist in the area of the Arabic language was very valuable to the war effort...everyone wanted her to pursue a military career, but as the book stated..there was ONE problem...
She chose against pursuing a career in the government agencies because of her faith in Christ. He gave her a passion for another work..HIS. She met Iraqi women who had no hope...and it grieved her heart that she could not fully express to them the hope and freedom she had in Jesus Christ. She chose another "mission" to bring freedom of a different kind to the Arabic-speaking people.
One Sergeant mentions that a high-school guidance counselor asked..Why a young man with his "potential" would join the Army. "Someone with potential"...as if selfless service, even to the point of giving ones life was somehow beneath one's potential.
He said it made him wonder...if the same thing would be said of the man Christ Jesus...
John 14:13 KJV (this is in the book! KJV!)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The greatest freedom of all is in knowing the LORD Jesus as your personal saviour. To know the free pardon of sin and the blessings of eternal life...the joys of today that are found in His blessed book..the KJV Bible.
II Samuel 22:29-33
For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
For by thee I have run through a troop: and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
II Samuel 22 verse 30... For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
These same words found in Psalm 18:29 I sent in a letter to my son while he was in Iraq.
I thank those who gave their lives so that I could know freedom and live in peace. It touched our home when my son lost a buddy and a company commander in the war and yet my son came home safely. I don't take for granted these precious lives.
I wish I could express it as the free Iraqi woman did at President Bush's 2005 State of the Union Address...she turned and hugged the mother of a fallen Marine.
So I chose to dedicate a room in my home to this remembrance. Freedom.
I also dedicate my entire home to the LORD Jesus...here you will find Scripture all through my house.
This is the day...I rejoice in knowing the freedom of this land...and the glorious freedom found in my Lord Jesus Christ.