Freedom Ain't Free

I walked into the room as my son sat typing his first History report.  I smiled as I saw the telephone propped up next to the keyboard, and heard that familiar voice coming out of the speaker.  He had called his Papa, my dad, to interview him for his paper on the Vietnam war

I looked over his shoulder and read what he was typing
"...he turned 21 in Vietnam, so his mom sent a cake to the jungle."

I stopped and remembered the story that I have heard many times before...

about how our great aunt, the woman who had raised him, "Mom" asked our Aunt Gladys to make a German chocolate cake for his 21st birthday

He continued typing and for the first time I stopped to think about how strong a woman must have to be to

send her child to war (to become a man)

ask her sister to bake his favorite cake

to send to him on the other side of the world

...on his birthday

Breathe, Tondra

I remember hearing her talk of how before he left she had prayed everyday asking God to get him out of it... but God answered that he still had

to go

to learn

to fight

I remember hearing her talk of how once he was gone she prayed everyday asking God to bring him home... and God answered by bringing him back

to her


and whole

I have heard these stories before, but for the first time I realize
that even though she never left home... she fought in the war too!

Which immediately reminds me of the words embroidered on a blanket in my parent's family room...

"Freedom is not Free"

Freedom ain't free because freedom definitely costs...
someone something
and Freedom ain't cheap either because its costs often lead all the way up
to loss
of life and limb

And if we are to truly enjoy freedom it will cost a life of...
obedience dedication commitment

God sacrificed the life and limb of His own Son in order to gain my freedom
... and even now as I rest free in Christ I acknowledge that if I am to remain free

I will have to give something too

sacrifice something too

because He expects nothing less than the same in return
which is
the surrender of life and limb dedicated to His service

So this Veteran's Day I peacefully surrender
as I



the "freeness" of freedom... (also fully aware) that freedom
certainly ain't free!


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