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May 28, 2007

Saved Only By Sacrifice

As the days slowly began to lengthen, meaning decent fighting weather was approaching, tension increased. Inevitably the young men thought of death. Few made their thoughts articulate, but Webster dealt with his directly. He wrote his mother, instructing her to "stop worrying about me. I joined the parachutists to fight. I intend to fight. If necessary, I shall die fighting, but don't worry about this because no war can be won without young men dying. Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice."

Band of Brothers, p. 55

Band of Brothers is the perfect book to be reading on Memorial Day. Private Webster, in the days leading up to D-day, wrote a letter to his mother back home in Massachusetts. He penned a timeless truth.

Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.

Memorial Day is a time to ponder and reflect on sacrifice. We enjoy freedom because of sacrifice. People like Pvt. Webster and Lt. Dick Winters of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division, who jumped into Normandy on June 6th, 1944, purchased freedom from tyranny and liberated the world from the terror of fascism.

Freedom is precious. Freedom is worth it. True freedom is purchased only by sacrifice.

As a follower of Christ, my freedom from the tyranny of sin and death was purchased by the sacrifice of Christ. I am sanctified by his sacrifice (Heb 10:10).

How can one truly repay such a sacrifice?

By being one. Each of us are called to be a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1-2). Our most important act of worship is to be transformed by God ... mind, heart and soul ... by living in union with Christ. The result of that transformation can be measured in love ... an increasing love for God and others (Matt 22:35-40).

On this Memorial Day, remember the sacrifices of others. Then, go and be a living sacrifice.

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