On Veterans Day 2016, God inspired me to write the song “Oh Johnny Boy.” My son had recently decided to serve in the Army and the potential consequences of his decision reached the deepest parts of my heart. I realized that he could be alongside so many of my friends and family who had experienced the horrors of war. As a mom, I wanted to help, but I felt powerless.

Then—God gave me a way—through this song. He inspired me to write words for my son to inspire hope and courage from those who paved the way for freedom. Like him, they believed in something bigger than their own life. They had the courage to step up to the line—even if it meant dying. Their selfless sacrifice didn’t die with them. It is a legacy which touches us beyond their death and gives value to our life. They suffered the hell of war so we could live in a haven of peace.

Many of them knew that death is not the end—but rather, it is the beginning.

They give us a beautiful picture of the eternal hope which Christ gave us by His death on the cross. He went willingly, suffered a hell we cannot comprehend. He gave us a Heaven beyond our wildest imagination. His death gives our life purpose and value. We have the gift of freedom so we are not chained to living a life of selfishness. We can live courageously because we are armed with the eternal love of Almighty God!

God said: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.” (Isaiah 41:10-12)

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

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