A sacrifice

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The other day I logged onto Facebook to read some shocking news. A kid from my old church – now a soldier – was killed in Afghanistan. If you’re interested, you can read one of the news stories here.

What struck me is just how easy it is to forget that we’re even at war. We Americans go on with our lives, living as though nothing is even happening.

Then things strike close to home. Nick Roush was only 22. I used to go to church with him, though I didn’t know him very well. I think of the teens at my current church, the young adults who have recently graduated high school. Two of them are 19 right now. They’re old enough to join the Army, and old enough to die for our country.

Then I had to compare that with other news we heard this week – of two boys that we both know from teaching in a Christian school. They both made it in to The Citadel this year, and one is planning on enlisting when he graduates. While that is an honor, and I am honestly proud of them, I can’t help but think of this other family’s sacrifice.

We in America do not thank our military enough. Freedom is never truly free, yet somehow we forget about that until it hits us close to home.

Thank you to all those who serve in our nation’s military!

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