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Monday, May 27, 2024 (Mary Ann)

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Freedom isn’t free; it has come at a very high price.

More than 1.1 million American soldiers have given their lives in fighting our country’s wars!

So today, Memorial Day, 2024, we remember them and how much we owe them. Or at least we should. Now many can debate — and often do — the wisdom of some of those wars, but we can never ever debate the bravery and sacrifice of so many. For us.

As Americans, we historically credit God for our freedoms. At least many of us do. We put our hands over our hearts and pledge allegiance to the flag, saying, “one nation, under God.” Then we sing “God Bless America” or:

     My country ’tis of thee,

     Sweet land of liberty,

     Of thee I sing.

     Land where my fathers died!

     Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!

     From every mountain side,

     Let freedom ring!

As Believers, we have even more freedom to credit and thank God for.

Our freedom in Christ came at a price so high it’s beyond human comprehension — Jesus’ death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. As a result, Romans 8:1-4 tells us: “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

And so, thanking God, as believers in America, we can sing the final verse of “My Country ’Tis of Thee” loudly and gratefully:

     Our father’s God to Thee,

     Author of Liberty.

     To Thee we sing.

     Long may our land be bright

     With freedom’s holy light;

     Protect us by Thy might,

     Great God, our King!

To that I say, AMEN! Right, Sisters?

Mary Ann 


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