I walked into the room as my son sat typing his first History report. I smiled as I saw the telephone propped up next to the keyboard, and heard that familiar voice coming out of the speaker. He had called his Papa, my dad, to interview him for his paper on the Vietnam war
I looked over his shoulder and read what he was typing
"...he turned 21 in Vietnam, so his mom sent a cake to the jungle."
I stopped and remembered the story that I have heard many times before...
about how our great aunt, the woman who had raised him, "Mom" asked our Aunt Gladys to make a German chocolate cake for his 21st birthday
He continued typing and for the first time I stopped to think about how strong a woman must have to be to
send her child to war (to become a man)
ask her sister to bake his favorite cake
to send to him on the other side of the world
...on his birthday
I remember hearing her talk of how before he left she had prayed everyday asking God to get him out of it... but God answered that he still had
I remember hearing her talk of how once he was gone she prayed everyday asking God to bring him home... and God answered by bringing him back
I have heard these stories before, but for the first time I realize
that even though she never left home... she fought in the war too!
Which immediately reminds me of the words embroidered on a blanket in my parent's family room...
Freedom ain't free because freedom definitely costs...
and Freedom ain't cheap either because its costs often lead all the way up
of life and limb
And if we are to truly enjoy freedom it will cost a life of...
obedience dedication commitment
God sacrificed the life and limb of His own Son in order to gain my freedom
... and even now as I rest free in Christ I acknowledge that if I am to remain free
I will have to give something too
sacrifice something too
because He expects nothing less than the same in return
the surrender of life and limb dedicated to His service
So this Veteran's Day I peacefully surrender
the "freeness" of freedom... (also fully aware) that freedom
certainly ain't free!
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