My friend and fellow writer, Matt Ham wrote this devotional today:
When Abraham Lincoln dedicated the cemetery at Gettysburg in 1863, it marked a series of events that lead to memorializing those who have fallen in service to our great country.
The very freedoms you and I experience everyday have not come without a cost. Since that time, more than 1.3 million have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
In his address at Gettysburg, Lincoln spoke these words:
"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us."
As I think about the imagery of a solider, laying down his life for the freedom of his countrymen, I am reminded of Jesus's words in the book of John and the foreshadowing which they contained.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13
Today, breathe in the very freedom that has been afforded by the lives that have been laid down for you. May you and I live in such a way that our gratitude and our actions show our dedication to the great task that remains before us.
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Thank you to the families who gave the ultimate gift of their loved one for my freedom. God bless you all!