Celebrating Our Independence

This weekend we will be celebrating our country’s independence.  As a wise fellow once said, “what better way to celebrate your country’s freedom than to blow part of it up.”  And this is exactly what many will be doing with all kinds of cool fireworks at pool parties, BBQs, and community events.  But with all of this let us not forget that our independence came at a price–a continued price.  Many have shed blood for the opportunities we posses in the U.S.  And many continue to do so.

As you celebrate this weekend keep in mind that there are soldiers who cannot be home for the big BBQ because they are overseas making your BBQ possible.  As you remember these brave soldiers pray for them.  Pray especially for one soldier who has been taken prisoner in Afghanistan.  Right now the Military is protecting this soldier’s family by keeping his name a secret.  But they have confirmed that someone has been capture.  Here is the AP release:

KABUL (AP) — US military spokeswoman says insurgents have captured an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan.

Capt. Elizabeth Mathias said the soldier has been missing since Tuesday. She said she could not provide further information.

Mathias said the military was using “all our resources to find him and provide for his safe return.”

The soldier was not taking part in the major military operation launched in the southern Taliban stronghold of Helmand early Thursday.

I cannot imagine what this soldier is going through right now, but I know that he needs our prayers.