Scripture - John 8:36

How blessed we are to have been born in a free country. As we watch the news on television or read the newspaper, it may occur to us, that freedom really isn’t free. Our peace and freedom costs someone or something daily. We pay the price of freedom when our sons, daughters, husbands and loved ones are dying on the battlefields for freedom’s sake. Every day somewhere in the United States a person or a family is picking up the tab for freedom by feeling helpless and hopeless. Right now a mother is sitting in a dark room wondering if there is hope for her child returning home from a tour of duty. Many lives are being lost on the blood-stained streets our cities. The price of freedom is great.

Our only hope, our only peace and our only real freedom in found in our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Yes, there is hope! As long as Jesus is alive, there is hope. Yes, the price for freedom in this country is great, but the price Jesus paid is far greater than the loss of physical life. “He was despised and rejected of men; a man or sorrow fully acquainted with grief. He was detested, and looked upon as despicable, battered and beaten. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities” (Is. 53:3-4).

There is a freedom that the enemy cannot take away. Spiritual freedom is far more valuable than physical freedom. We can be eternally free through the blood of our Lord and Savior. Salvation is free but not cheap! It cost God His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Lest we forget we shall all be castaways...”He who the Son sets free is free indeed!”

— Sister Catherine Raphael