I have never sent a family member off to war.
Nor have I lost anyone close to me while they were serving our country.
I know people who have said good-bye to loved ones that didn't come home to hugs and kisses. I have friends who have children serving right now.
And I am deeply grateful for all of those families.
Ree Drummond currently has a "Coming Home" photo assignment on her blog -- get your kleenex box and take a peek here at her photography page and here to see all the photo submissions as they come in throughout the next couple days.
Then get your Star Spangled Banner out and proudly display it this weekend, this summer, always and thank God for the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.
I'm often reminded of this verse when I think of those who serve our country -- they really don't get to choose who they give their life for as they sacrifice for our many freedoms. Including our freedom to worship and live out our faith.
Christ did choose who he gave his life for.... you and me -- on a personal level.