FREEDOM ISN’T FREE.……………I came across this poem recently that teaches this truth well.  Although my family history does not include much combat duty, I am more and more thankful for those who did and who are putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom and safety.

I watched the flag pass by one day.  It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform, so young, so tall, so proud.  

With hair cut square and eyes alert, he’d stand out in a crowd.

 

I thought how many men like him had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil, how many mothers’ tears? 

How many pilots’ planes shot down?  How many died at sea?

How many foxholes were soldiers’ graces?  No, freedom isn’t free!  

 

I heard the sound of Taps one night, when everything was still.  

I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.  

I wondered just how many times that Taps had meant ‘Amen.’

When a flag had draped a coffin of a brother or a friend.  

 

I thought of all the children, of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and husbands with interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard at the bottom of the sea;

Of unmarked graves in Arlington.  No, freedom isn’t free!  

 

I hope your Fourth of July weekend is a blessed one with family!

LOUISE LESLIE MEMORIAL SERVICE.…………This Saturday, July 2nd, at 11 am (at Peace) we are celebrating the life and eternal life given to Louise.  A verse that fits her life well comes from 2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness……”  Louise’s obituary is running in the Gazette Time today, be sure to check it out.  All are welcome to attend the memorial service.

 

ADULT BIBLE STUDY………..We are meeting for Adult Bible Study each Sunday in the summer.  The discussion starts at 8:30.  Our topic is the Parables of Jesus.  With each parable you will be encouraged to see the world in a new way and be encouraged to experience God’s love in a surprising way.  God is always up to something new in our lives.