“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 HCSB
November 11th is a special date for Canadians and Americans. In Canada we are celebrating Remembrance Day and in the US it’s called Veteran’s Day. Today is the day set apart to honor the men and women who have served their countries well. November 11th was chosen to commemorate the ending of battle from World War 1 in 1918 at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. I remember all of the school assemblies where we heard stories from veterans who had fought in battles around the globe enforcing the liberties of the unprotected. Around the world people are taking time today to focus their thoughts on what was done to achieve their freedom.
It’s a somber day because it’s overwhelming to think that someone had to die in order that we might live free. Growing up in North America we are blessed to not experience unrest like so many others do in this world. It’s almost inconceivable for the average Canadian or American to understand the fear of war and having to fight to protect your freedom. I think this sometimes plays out in our Christian walk. We get comfortable and start to take for granted our salvation that came at such a high price. Our freedom came at the cost of Christ’s life.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit” .1 Pt 3:18
On this day, take the time to remember and be thankful for all those who have fought the good fight of freedom for your physical and spiritual life. Remember that they fought so you could experience liberty! Walk in the liberty that you have been given and LIVE FREE!
Father, I thank-you for the sacrifices that so many have made for my freedom. Help me to live in a state of gratitude for all that has been lost so that I may live in liberty. May I honor the sacrifice of others and especially of Christ by the way I LIVE! In Jesus name, Amen.