Freedom is not free

Freedom is not free

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13”

Unfortunately, for many today, Memorial Day signifies nothing more than the start of summer fun; sunshine, beaches, picnics, and vacations. This is a reminder to never forget that our ability to enjoy all of that, comes from God’s amazing grace, and the selfless sacrifice of all those who have fought for our freedom.

Here is a Memorial Day poem written by Kelly Strong titled Freedom Is Not Free.

I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears? How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night, When everything was still I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That TAPS had meant “Amen,” When a flag had draped a coffin Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn’t free.

May that poem remind us that the greatest love comes from those willing to die for us. The soldier purchases our freedom here on earth, Christ purchased our freedom throughout eternity.