Freedom — We Sing About It . . . Read About It, But Do We Accept It?

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Did you read each of the words above?
Did you sing them in your head as your eyes rolled over the lines?
Did you skip the above words once you saw they were familiar to you?

The words point to freedom since they are the lyrics to America’s national anthem. A nation that has freedom . . . freedom that was gained by the lives that were lost in protecting it.

 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

 

Did you read each of the words above?
Did you sing them in your head as your eyes rolled over the lines?
Did you skip the above words once you saw they were familiar to you?

The words point to freedom since they are the lyrics to a well-loved hymn. A hymn that declares the amazing grace of God in saving our souls and providing freedom from sin.

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life, (John 3:16 KJV).

 

 

Did you read each of the words above?
Did you skip the above lines once you saw they were familiar to you?

The words point to freedom since they are Jesus’ words. Words that declare freedom from death and a promise of everlasting life because of what Jesus did by dying for us.

 

Freedom . . . it comes at a cost—lives sacrificed.

 

For our country to be free, many died and will continue to die.

For our souls to be free, one died.

Have you accepted what Jesus did for you?

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed,
(John 8:36 KJV).

 

Scripture from the King James Version of the Bible.
Pictures courtesy of www.pixabay.com

Beth Fortune

Beth has a passion for God's Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions and has had stories published in two "Chicken Soup For the Soul Book" Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s "Thriving Family" magazine and Dr. Charles Stanley’s "In Touch" magazine. With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God's truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Greenville, SC where he's Sr. Pastor of a local church. You can visit her at www.bethfortune.org.

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