Freedom isn’t Free

So I saw this video today that actually made me a bit weepy… and that doesn’t happen often (OK… yes, I am a woman, so it happens more then I like to admit, but that’s another topic). Anyway, the video is a tribute to a soldier who had been killed in action. Here’s the information I have on the video:

“The body of SFC John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, GA, on June 11, 2009. The Henry County Police Dept escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough, GA. A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approx time. This is a travelogue of that day’s remarkable and painful journey. 13 min long, but what a tribute!”

Watching this video made me think of how much our freedom cost. SFC Beale is just one in a long of men and women who have paid the ultimate price. Men and women who believed so highly in our country they were willing to give up their lives for this belief. They died so my family and I could live as we feel it is best. There is no king telling us where we need to go or what we need to do. I can do what I want to do with the life I have been given because SFC Beale and those who went before him made it possible.

I would love to see these people given more respect for what they do long before they pay such a high price.

This also made me think about a bigger freedom and a higher price that was paid a long time ago. This man also died for me. And for you. See He chose to die and to fight so I can make my own choices… I can choose to except His gift of freedom, or to reject the freedom He offers. We all make this choice by the way we live, the things we believe.

What choice have you made?

Joshua 24:15 “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”


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