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Remembering Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives to Protect Our Freedom

Tue, November 06, 2018   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |   Volume 25    Issue 45 | Share: Facebook | Twitter   

Life and freedom are both very precious and both very fragile. We live in a fallen world where sometimes beautiful things are destroyed and treasure is often squandered. Things we take for granted can be taken away in a moment. Things we highly value can be lost by carelessness or neglect.

Each of us recognizes the tremendous beauty and value of a single human life. Every person is unique and carries both the image and the fingerprints of Almighty God. In spite of life’s incredibly unique value, there are times when men and women have placed a higher value on the lives and freedom of others than on their own. There are times when men and women have placed a higher value on their obedience to God and country than on their own comfort and security.

We thank God that it is so. We thank God that He has placed in each of us a measure of faith, a measure of duty, and a measure of devotion. If there had not been men and women in the past who placed a higher value on their country and on future generations than on their own safety and comfort, we would not be here today . . . or we would be living in a very different country, without the freedoms, without the security, and without the prosperity we enjoy today.

As we approach November 11, on the hundredth anniversary of the end of the “war to end all wars,” we need to realize we are on holy ground. The willing sacrifice of the lives of young men and women in the prime of life—for the good of others—must inspire us with courage and the resolve to “up our game,” to live for others, to make a difference and to keep what has been handed to us by those brave men and women. Of course, our gratitude and respect is not only for those who died on the battlefield but also for those who survived, who risked their lives in the same way but who lived through it and who remember—with us—the sacrifices of their comrades.

The greatest sacrifice ever made by any human being was that made by Jesus who said “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” His sacrifice was on an entirely different order; it set us free from the burden of sin as He willingly laid down His life for us. He not only gave His life for His friends but for His enemies also, that they might be set free from the burdens of their past and from the spiritual darkness which oppressed them.

The sacrifices made by Canadian men and women for the lives and freedoms of their fellow citizens and for the generations to come command our deepest respect and gratitude.

We will not forget. We will remember. May we ourselves also choose the path of sacrifice so that we can pass on to our children the freedoms so dearly won by the men and women of our armed forces.

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