to them we owe

Memorial Day has come to mean the beginning of summer, a time for picnics and barbecues, and a holiday to gather around the family. That happiness and freedom, however, is a product of the real cause for the holiday: the sacrifice made by men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties Americans hold dear. Memorial Day is a time to remember that the American way of life is not cheap but rather has been purchased by the lives of so many who have sacrificed for us to live free and happily now.

‘lest we forget…

To Them We Owe

© Don Nielsen

Published: June 2014

Happened today, and in the past;
Sacrifice made, for ours to last.

Wives to widows, families torn;
Gave their lives, for them we mourn.

Gone forever, souls are lost;
Freedom comes, with this cost.

Enjoy the life, they did preserve;
Fate they suffered, did not deserve.

On this day, lest we forget;
To them we owe, our life in debt.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/to-them-we-owe

Land of the free because of the Brave.

hugs n’ blessings to all those who mourn the loss of a loved one today – may their ultimate sacrifice never be forgotten.

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:13
RIP 1st Lt. Chase Prasnicki June 27, 2012

a scary-mess.

Lent started out sloppy for me.

I should have known lent was going to be a scary-mess this year when these guys were spotted on day One!

My first Shark sighting! A friend and I spotted over 15 of them along the beaches of West Palm.
Notice all the fins….

Timid and skittish, the blacktip reef shark is difficult to approach and seldom poses a danger to humans unless roused by food. However, people wading through shallow water are at risk of having their legs mistakenly bitten.
Umm, that’s where I spotted them…wading through the shallow water!!!

Continue reading “a scary-mess.”

he offered his life

 

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“Hatred is not a creative force.  Only love is creative power.”

St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (1894-1941)

 

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Sentenced to hard manual labor at the death camp in Auschwitz, St. Maximillian Kolbe offered his life in exchange for that of a family man.

 

His zeal for souls and love of neighbor  leave us all striving for God’s glory by eagerly serving others.

 

 

Today, and every day, may we spread this message to the ends of the earth! Continue reading “he offered his life”