Douglas MacArthur was an American General who commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre in World War II. This is one quote that captures his view of the character of a soldier:
The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
As I read that I can’t but help burst with gratitude and appreciation for the men and women who have put their lives in harm’s way for our freedom. Truly, freedom is neither free nor cheap. As the Gospel: The Lord Jesus Christ took our place, bearing our sin and taking upon Himself the just penalty of our wickedness. He died so that we can live.
Freedom is neither free nor cheap.
A special thank you to all the men and women who have fought for us.
Another special thank you to all the men and women who are currently fighting for us.
And yet another special thank you for all the men and women who will be fighting for us.
And to the those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus, Paul has a word for all of us: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1 – 2, NIV)