I am a bit of an anomaly. Though I've served for 30 years, I have no tattoos. I've thought about a few I might consider, but just haven't made the leap and I'm not sure I ever will.
Private First Class Kyle Hockenberry had "For those I love I will sacrifice" inked into his right side. It would be prophetic.
On June 15, 2011, PFC Hockenberry was on a foot patrol just outside Haji Ramuddin, Afghanistan, when an IED blew up. Just 19 years old at the time, he lost both legs and his left arm in the explosion. An incredible sacrifice.
Sacrifice without meaning is waste. If you give up some "thing" as a sacrifice, the significance of the sacrifice is based on how much that "thing" means to you. For those who deploy overseas it usually means giving up safety and security and the comforts of home. For Families, it means the absence of someone tremendously special and often filling that person's role. And for both, it means losing irreplaceable Family time, memory building, maintaining relationships, and special occasions, to mention a few.
Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. In the greatest injustice, He lived a perfect and sinless life on earth, and yet suffered such indignities and died the death of a criminal as he was crucified.
Consider these sacrifices: that of the Soldier, and that of the Savior: what do those loving sacrifices mean to you?
LEADER PRAYER: God, may we walk worthy of the sacrifice of the cross, which enables us to live free from the clutches of sin, empowered to serve you and love your people. Amen.