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What Did He Die For?
June 06, 2014 (06:41 AM)
Seventy years ago today, under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in the early morning to begin the liberation of Europe from the evil occupation of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. On Omaha Beach alone, over 2000 Americans were killed. The invasion signaled the beginning of the end of WWII. That evening, President Roosevelt led the nation in prayer.
Twenty years ago, the song “What Did He Die For?” was inspired by what I saw and learned during the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day. I realized in a way I hadn’t before, that those brave young Americans died for me—and that I have a sacred duty to live my life in a way that brings honor to their great sacrifice, and to the procession of sacrifice that has secured the freedom of this great nation for more than 200 years.
Today our freedom is threatened as much as ever before, not only by enemies with darkened hearts and minds, but also by the lies of freedom’s greatest enemy in our own hearts and minds. It is our time to remember that freedom has never been, and never will be free—and that ultimately, like any precious gift, it can only be as valuable as what we choose to do with it.
As President Roosevelt prayed, “…I ask that our people devote themselves in a countenance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help in our efforts.”
May we always remember, and may God bless, protect, and restore America!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
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