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July 2019

Freedom is priceless

“We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.” – Lech Walesa
I start with this quote as I reflect on this upcoming Independence Day uniquely celebrated by us, The United States of America. As we proudly wear the uniform that represents those who paid the ultimate price and for those of us who are willing to pay the price; I can’t help but think of someone else who also gave the ultimate sacrifice for us to be who we are today.

It states in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, whoever believes in him will be saved.” The same way people have given their lives for religious freedoms, personal liberties and total democracy; God loved us so much that he gave the definitive gift to let us know that we are loved more than words could ever say. By providing the sacrifice, God is saying you matter.
Everything about you matters. Even the smallest insignificant cares and concerns. If it is important to you then it is important to God. When those dark moments happen in life, know that God is standing with out-stretched arms saying “I love you and I care.” God is not looking for nor does God care about perfection or imperfection. What he cares about is You.

As we enjoy, celebrate and reflect upon this fourth July, let us also remember that God loves us more than we could ever fathom or imagine with that thought freedom is truly priceless.
Reverend Takana L. Jefferson, Chaplain, United States Navy