No…It is Not Free!
I am proud of you, Kenneth. I respect you and love you. We were
young back then and did not understand all the ways of this world (and
still don’t.) I did not even know you yet, but I am glad I do now. Thank you for marrying me and loving me so beautifully.
I lost my Daddy when I was 12. He was a Navy doctor, a lifer — he
surely would have been. He loved his Navy. He served in WWII in the
Pacific and then went on to be a part of the Manhattan Project/Bikini
and Eniwetok Islands where radiation exposure eventually took his
life. He practiced medicine in the Navy for 20 years though, until he
died at 46 years old.
You loved us so, Daddy. I miss you, and so do Mommy and Nancy and Annette.
abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he
might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making
peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
(1 Peter 2:16 ESV)
May I live as You have called me to live, Father God. Thank You for these men and women who have served this country. I pray that we do not forget them but honor them in this life for the honor with which most have served. I lift up those today who came back from war with scars on or in their bodies, minds, and souls. Protect and heal them, Father. I pray for the families of those fallen soldiers, the families of those who are yet in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other areas of this world that are placing them in harm’s way. I lift up our Coast Guard who are risking their lives to interdict the drug cartels coming out of Mexico. Oh, Father, there are so many concerns and I pray on my knees before You. Thank You for hearing my cries, seeing my tears. Amen.
Photo 1: taken by ~ linda