It's Worth Remembering



One by one, the throng of parents and their children filled the seats in the center of the gym and all those benches that surrounded them. The seats reserved for well-deserving students who had worked so hard to achieve their high grades and other accomplishments. My son, sitting among his friends, turned his head toward the left side to find me and my husband, sitting comfortably on the second tier as we heard the highschool’s band playing a welcoming music to everyone who entered. 

The program started with us singing the anthem as we stared at the students holding the flags, our right hands placed in the mid-chests. I opened the flyer handed out earlier as we walked in and continually checked the progression of the special ceremony. As every well-deserving student received the awards, parents were overwhelmed with the huge number of our children being recognized this year. 

I clapped hard when my son’s name was called numerous times. My husband clicking the shutter of his camera, trying to take a picture of this special moment. 

Before the program ended, as our ears were accustomed to loud cheers of joy and celebration, there was one cheering that stood out the most…It was when one of the school’s official asked those who were actively serving or retired from the military to stand up. Many stood up, including my husband. As the rest of us who remained seated acknowledged their sacrifice and service by cheering louder than what the honor students received. We all knew…Parents and students…Teachers and school officials…they were the ones who deserved being honored the best. For nothing could ever repay the sacrifice they paid. As each one of us enjoyed the freedom we have, here in this place.

They made it through all the sufferings they had gone through. But many also lost their lives. A choice they willingly opted for when they entered the military. Knowing that the price of freedom was high.

“Thank You, Lord,” my husband uttered, choking with each word, sniffling as the three of us prayed this morning. Without seeing him, I knew, he was crying. Crying? A man who never easily cried. But it was so clear that he was. His prayer sounding with so much gratitude. I felt the corner of my eyes welled with beads of tears, too. As I felt my son let go of my left hand and could sense him rubbing his eyes. 

We knew Who gave the biggest sacrifice. We knew Who died for us…In order for us to live.
And it’s worth remembering Him first, and then, the rest who gave their lives for us to be FREE…

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your son on his graduation! And thank you for sharing this video; beautiful.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  2. So touching of a tribute to your husband and all the other veterans. If not for them and the freedom we have this day of graduation for your son may not have been. Congratulations to your son and to you and your husband for raising such a nice young man.

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  3. We have a few graduates in our family this year, too. What a milestone!

    When I consider what it's cost so many for us to have/maintain the freedom that we do, I am humbled. Thank you for reminding us with such a beautiful sentiment.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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