A Tribute

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract…

…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

I memorized The Gettysburg address on a trip the battle ground when I was 12. I thought the words were sad and poetic and beautiful. I didn’t know anything about sacrifice.

President Lincoln delivered, possibly his most famous speech, on November 19, 1863 to a country in mourning. He spoke to a nation once conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, but now deeply divided on those very same principles.

The battle for freedom was twice fought. The price was high. During the Revolutionary War ‘Americans’ fought outsiders.

During the Civil war, the battled raged within.

There’s a saying in some circles: “Christians are the only army that shoots their wounded”. The price for our freedom was paid and yet, 2000 years later the battle rages within.

On this Memorial Day, as we honor those who fought for our freedom, wouldn’t be a grand tribute if we also honored the One who died for our ultimate freedom by laying down our arms and joining hands?

The price has been paid, far above our poor power to add or detract.

Author: Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

20 thoughts on “A Tribute”

  1. We too easily forget who our true enemy is, that he attacks from the outside, through us, and that we serve his ends when we fight each other. If onlywe would turn on him . . .

    Thanks for this beautiful reminder!

  2. Thank you gracious one, for helping us give thanks and honor to those who lay down their lives . . .and to the One who laid down His life, so we all could be one with Him and the Father. God bless you as you reach out to the hand beside you and take it up in yours. love and prayers!

    1. Dear Deb –
      The Church is One Foundation – we just seem to so easily lose sight of what that Foundation is and substitute it for causes.
      love and prayers to you!
      ~ Debbie

  3. Gettysburg … we were just talking today about returning there for what would be about the 6th time. One of the few places I would love to live.

    Love this Debbie. One of your best yet.

    1. Dear Drusilla –
      I love Lincoln.
      I loved the Gettysburg address before I ever visited. It was so moving in person.
      Now it so reminds me of how divided we are as a faith community. Sad.
      Love and grace,
      ~ Debbie

  4. I like this for two reasons. The patriotic story from your trip to the battle field one summer and the thought that we can have a goal of joining hands in the broader faith community. The first is precious. The second will take a miracle.

    1. Heidi –
      Yes, it would take a miracle, but it’s something I’m praying for. It seems to me we’ve lost a bit of our footing on both grounds.
      ~ Debbie

  5. OH HOW GRAND THAT WOULD BE! Lay down our arms and joining hands in tribute to those who made the sacrifice for our freedoms.


    1. Dear Francine –
      Imagine if we all honored those who have and are serving our country (regardless of anyone’s position on any particular war).
      And imagine how,it could be within the body of believers if we joined hands instead of cast stones when we see things differently.
      Wouldn’t that just be something!
      Love and grace to you, Francine,
      ~ Debbie

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