Friday, May 25, 2012

The Ultimate Sacrifice

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13, NIV)

A couple of weeks ago, we received our annual update from SAVE ONE LIFE on the boy we have supported in India for the past 3-4 years. This 18 year old with sever hemophilia (the same diagnosis as our son) lives in a 1 room apartment with his mom on the mere $40 a month she makes working at a local shop. Because of his frequent bleeding episodes, he has suffered permanent physical damage and often misses school.

After reading his update, my heart sank. His physical condition seems no better, although our donations do help him to stay in school. The pain he most surely sufferswould make daily living difficult for anyone. How I wish we could bring him here to live with us and receive the quality of care our son does!

Situations like this leave me with humble gratitude that we have the privilege of being citizens of this great nation. Despite its shortcomings, our medical care is far superior to anywhere else in the world. We have the freedom to debate issues and opinions without fear of imprisonment. Even with a difficult economy, we still have a good lifestyle when compared with much of the world. And the list of liberties available to us goes on.

How important for us all to remember that these benefits come at a price! I know a World War II vet whose service goes virtually unrecognized by all but 1 of his 5 children. Sad! We have other friends who have experienced or continue to experience the anguish of separation from spouses, children, parents and friends, along with the horrors of battle, all for love of country. Things like lost limbs, permanent injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and, yes, even life itself, are sacrifices laid on the altar of freedom.

Like Jesus Himself, these devoted men and women lay their lives down willingly for you, for me. The very least we owe them in return is our thanks, our prayers and our support.

As we indulge in the pleasures of barbecues, family gatherings and relaxing with friends, let's set aside some time to remember those who have laid down their own God-given rights in order that we may safely continue in such a standard of living.

PRAY:  Lord, as I go through life's challenges, let me not take for granted those who have sacrificed to make my life better.  God, bless those who have served and their families.

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