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This morning Joseph and I were riding in the car listening to public radio.  The Battle Hymn of the Republic was playing and I was taken back in time to Jr. High and our Glee Club.  Each year we would have a concert of all the songs we had learn that year and the Battle Hymn was our grand finale.

Joseph indulged me as I sang the Alto line through the verses and all of the glory Hallelujahs. As I sang, I could see the desk I sat in for practice, the piano in the front of the room with Mrs. Virginia Jones playing. She had one hand on the piano and with the other she was directing us.

The verse I remember the most clearly from that song has a phrase, “As He died to make us holy, Let us die to make men free”.  Even as a youth I marveled at those words.  Jesus died so that we could be free of the slavery to sin.  As an example of His loving sacrifice we have gone to battle for the freedom of others; The freedom to choose their faith and exercise it without fear; the freedom to raise a family and educate them as we see fit; the freedom to bear arms.  The right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This Memorial Day, I remember the friends from school who served or cared for those who served in our armed forces.  I also remember the family and friends we have lost.  Thank you that we can gather, grill, display our country’s flag with pride today.  We can do those things without fear.

As He died to make men holy, Dad, Uncle Carl, Uncle Joe, Uncle Frank, Nephew Joe, Friends Jim, Ronald and Todd, those known and unknow, died to make men and women free…

Thank you for all you have given us.  May we be wise and hand down to the next generation a better tomorrow.

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Gianna Elizabeth

Our little Gianna was born Thursday, May 5.  During my daughter’s pregnancy, I felt impressed of the Lord, that Gianna was a prayer intercessor.  So I began to pray that the Lord would write His Word on the tablets of her heart and from an early age, begin to active the Word that would be in her.  I cannot wait to see what God accomplishes in this little one.   

                                                                Gianna and Gigi
                                                                

So many things in life are a great mystery.  How does the sun know its place and the moon know its rotation?  How can new life can come from a woman?  We all bear witness to these things yet are at a loss to fully explain how it is  done or what it  could mean.

1 John 5:8, “For there are three that bear witness (to Christ), the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”


Blood, water and Spirit.  All three bear witness by the Father that Christ is the Son.  This too is a mystery.  Why do these things bear witness?  I’m at a loss to fully explain.  But this I have bore witness to: at the birth of a child, all three are present…water, blood and Spirit.

The birth of new life is a testimony of Christ, a witness of the Father concerning the Son.  It is symbolic of coming out of darkness into light, and having God give us His breath of life into us making us alive.

We see the miracle of new birth frequently, but never fully realize what we are seeing.  Little Gianna is a miracle, and she is a testimony of Christ for others to see and believe.  Born on the day of National Prayer, her life will be one of prayer, seeing with the eyes of Christ and interceding for His people.

May we all be found faithful to the call of prayer, leaving this skill in Christ as the greatest inheritance for the next generation.