Thursday, October 28, 2010

Heritage of Blood

On my drive - I noticed how close I was to Gettysburg and after passing it by the first day, I knew I would be sorry if I did not at least drive through the area.

I did not get out of the car except in one parking lot to take pictures - I just pulled over and took pictures and drove through the park and town.

I've visited battlefields before and it always strikes me how peaceful it is and how the fields have been showered in blood on my behalf. For my freedom. How can I just casually drive through where something so momentous has occurred?

I imagine soldiers both friend and foe hiding among the trees and hills - trying to imagine what it must've been like. Yet - I can never truly imagine something like that and hope I don't have to witness it first hand.

But, as I thought about all of the blood that was spilled - the phrase "heritage of blood" came to mind. As a grateful American, so many have spilled their blood for the freedom we enjoy.

Now, bring this into the spiritual - think about our heritage of blood as believers. This blood in Gettysburg or any other battle field is not the only blood ever poured out that was of benefit to me.

God sent His one and only Son to walk this Earth and then die as a sacrifice for me. For you. So we could spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

When you look around at His beauty this Fall - let the red remind you of our heritage of blood. Both of this nation and of His Heavenly Kingdom to come. (This idea of red in His creation and the reminder of blood from here.)

Thank You, Lord - for this heritage of blood.

10 comments:

Ruth said...

I have been to Gettysburg several times. It is a solomn place to visit learn the price paid for freedom. (And stop by and visit me on your way :) This was a thought provoking post and good reminder of the price Jesus paid for our freedom!

Mom said...

Wow -- a powerful reminder of the many blessings we enjoy (including spiritual) because of the blood others have shed. Great photos and great reminder -- thanks for sharing! Love you, Mom

Susan said...

Sweet reflections!

Rachel @ The Cupcake Sprinkles In Life said...

Wonderful Monica-
A great perspective!

My family went camping there this summer- it was a very neat learning experience for them...

So glad, that you made the detour! :) The National Cemetary there is a very deeply inspiring and humbling place-

There are quite a few of "unknowns" there- it really touches your heart deep down...

Such sacrifices!!!

Jason and Danielle said...

That was beautiful. Thank you so much for that reminder. The reminder of all that was so willingly given to us.

Anonymous said...

This was an awesome post; very moving. I am glad you had a good trip.

Love, Dad

LynnMarie said...

That was such a powerful post! My husband and I use to walk old cemetarys and read the head stones. Some of the comments on them were funny and others were sad. We would wonder about there lives and talk about the times in which they lived in. I've never been to Gerrysburg however, the photos you took were loverly.

Wendi said...

I went on a day bus tour of Gettysburg when I was about 11. It left a lasting impression. Lovely post.

Katie said...

Very powerful Monica! I appreciate all you said here on so many levels and too am so grateful for all that have gone before us and especially for our Savior's sacrifice. Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you!

Tina Leigh said...

How beautiful and a place to make you think about things...