The other evening, late, my husband, Randy, and I were watching CNN news on the war in Iraq. One segment came to a conversation between the reporter and the pilot of an F-14 Tomcat.
The reporter asked the pilot: What do you have to say about this war you're engaging in?
The pilot paused, looked into the lens of the camera and calmly said: I am willing to give my own life, a life that has known freedom, for the innocent people of Iraq, who have never tasted freedom, that they soon will know what it is to be free.
Wow! That is when the revelation hit me. The Bible verse in John 15:13, Jesus is talking here, and he says, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay his life down for his friends."
The war is happening now to show the great love in the hearts of our men and women in our armed forces. They are the ones that are sacrificing their freedom of being away from their country, family and friends, even their own comfort zones, to lay down their lives for a people in horrible bondage and fear.
May God richly bless our nation, those in government authority over us, our men and women in our armed forces, as well as those of our allies.
I am so thankful, blessed and proud to be an American. I know I am free. Let us never forget the sacrifice of many who fought and died, so we could be a free people. Let us never take freedom for granted.
Linda Barnes, Kenai
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