The blessing of freedom

During the season of thanksgiving we hear the song and phrase ?to count our many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.?

Do you ever think about the security and freedoms we have in this country? Growing up on a farm in Canada we took these same values for granted. To know security and safety in the home. We went to school and never thought anything about the many issues and problems we are facing today.

This coming weekend is a time to reflect and display appreciation for those who have defended yours and my freedoms. People in the past and present who have given of themselves for what is of great value.

I give thanks for veterans past and present who stood up and responded to the call and defended our country.

Whether it is physical warfare or spiritual warfare we should respond to the call when our name is spoken.

?Paul Harvey tells the story of the uncertain soldier in our Civil War who, figuring to play it safe, dressed himself in a blue coat and gray pants and tiptoed out onto the field of battle. He got shot from both directions!

The Bible is full of examples of individuals who compromised in one form or another and their ensuing losses. Lot who separated from Abram and moved as far as Sodom (Gen 13:12, 13:19:1-29); Samson who compromised with Delilah (Jude 16:1,2); and Solomon who loved many foreign women (1 Kings 11:1-4) are but a few examples.

What about times when we are tempted to compromise our faith or beliefs? Will we stay strong or try and wear the blue and gray? Think about it!

?Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might? (Ephesians 6:10).

Thank you to all our veterans.