“Etched on every tombstone are two dates that belong to God — the day God planned our birth and the date God knows we’ll die. Between those two dates is just one simple line–the dash in between–that stands for the time in between that’s yours and mine.” (Scoti Domeij, mother of Army Ranger, SFC Kris Domeij who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 14 times and was killed in action 22 October 2011.) Ms. Domiej’s reflections about her son’s sacrifice for liberty inspires us to live for what matters.

She wrote: “Even when others don’t get it, their inability to grasp sacrifice and service will never diminish your service and sacrifice. They simply don’t understand the volume of blood and tears split, the degree of agony and hardship endured, and the number of honorable men and women whose lives were extinguished in battle, so that we as individuals can do what is right in our own eyes. Memory and mourning can only be carried, honored and never forgotten. You remind me of what I was taught as a child about how a child of God is supposed to live:

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ (John 15:13)

Risking life and limb, you’re living examples of the contradictions of sacrifice and courage–fighting to stay alive downrange, yet willing to die protecting each other. Goodbyes are the law of earth. Reunions are the law of heaven. When they played taps at Kristoffer’s graveside, heaven had already played reveille, Kristoffer’s wake-up call to rise to live forever with Jehovah, The Lord of Hosts, The Supreme Commander and Chief of all the Armies in Heaven and on earth. When the law of earth plays your taps, my earnest prayer is that heaven will play reveille for you. Please be there.”

Wow! How will we fill in the dashes between our birth and death? Will we be faithful on the battlefield in the fight for the eternal liberty of a world under attack by the evil empire of hell? If today is the day heaven will play reveille for me, can I say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith?” (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬)

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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