With this being Memorial Day, I considered doing a patriotic song, or something that reflects on the lives that have been sacrificed for our freedom. We live in the freest, wealthiest nation that has ever existed and yet we take it all for granted because we’ve grown up with it. Or at least, I know I do. My generation has not had to fight to claim or reclaim their liberty.

So, as I was thinking of this, and how to connect it to my Monday Morning Melody, a hymn came to mind that has been stuck in my head all week. (Maybe because I have a line from it on my phone screensaver.)

It talks of being imprisoned and chained, and then being liberated and set free. It talks of a sacrifice given not just for short-lived liberty, but for eternal freedom. It talks of undeserved love, and the seriousness of taking it for granted. Because it’s too amazing a sacrifice to forget!

We should never forget the lives that have been laid down for our freedom in America. But we should never ever forget THE life that was laid down for our freedom in Christ!

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

 

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
O praise my God, it reaches me!

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

 

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth and followed Thee.

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

 

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

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