by Steve Wagers

Keeping the Birds Away
Steve Wagers
II Samuel 21:1-14


Whenever one thinks of sacrifice, the mind, undoubtedly, would begin to think of the sacrifices that have been made for this great country. As a matter of fact, our history books are lined with the countless names of those who, not only spoke with their lips, but who spoke with their lives, as a testimony for the freedom we enjoy today.

I think of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Their conviction for freedom resulted in untold sufferings, and tragedies for themselves, as well as, their families. Of these 56 men, 5 were captured by the British, and tortured before they died. Twelve of these men had their homes ransacked and burned, while 2 lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army; and, another had 2 sons captured. Of these 56 valiant men, 9 died as a result of wounds, or hardships, from the war. 1

It is also said, that, at the battle of Yorktown, the British General Cornwallis had taken over Thomas Nelson's home for his headquarters. Nelson, then, ordered General George Washington to open fire on his home; and, as a result, Nelson's home was destroyed, and he died bankrupt. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she lay dying; and, their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields were destroyed, and for over a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home only to find his wife dead, and his children vanished. Hart, himself, died a few weeks later from exhaustion and a broken heart. 2 Truly, then, one can see their sacrifice from the words they pledged to one another:

"For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor!" 3

Without a doubt, we ought to live, and enjoy, each day with a remembrance of the price that was paid for our present freedom. Someone has well said, "Service that costs noth ...

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