Freedom can always be taken away

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 13, 2011

On Wednesday, Jeanne, our daughter Ronny and I decided to visit the National World War II Museum

and view the live production of

the Victory Belles. The Victory Belles are three ladies reminiscent of the Andrew Sisters who sang songs that were popular during World War II.

It took place at the Stage Door Canteen with a buffet and one hour of patriotic entertainment. We had more than a passing interest in the show as Courtney Boe of LaPlace was one of the Belles.

The room was packed with military veterans. Most of them had served in the Second World War. It was a time for them to reflect on their unselfish service to our country.

At the end, the Victory Belles paid tribute to each branch of service. It was a special moment for me to see men proudly stand, some with tears in their eyes, as their service song was sung.

One of the Marines sitting behind me was 88 years old. I thanked him for his service to America and all he said was, “We just did what we had to do.”

On the way home, I thought about all the heroic deeds that will soon be buried with the men in that room.

Later that evening at the jail ministry that I’m privileged to handle, I related my earlier experience. I told the inmates that those men risked their lives for our freedom. I continued, “They gave you what you allowed to be taken away by making bad choices.”

I then shared that Jesus also paid a price for us to enjoy eternal life with Him in Heaven. He paid the ultimate price. That, too, can be lost if we don’t make the right decisions.

When we think about freedom, let’s keep in mind that freedom has never been free. Sacrifices had to be made.

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