We Will Not Forget. We Must Not Forget.

We will not forget. We Must Not Forget. View unforgettable music video "We Will Not Forget" by Mark Harris & Interview w/ Jim Caviezel on filming The Passion of the Christ

We Will Not, Must Not, Forget our Heroes 


My son Bobby met a war hero.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Bobby held this hero’s medal and spent almost an hour talking with a man who’d fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge.

He told of working his way off the front of the landing craft and through the surf as the Germans shattered his fellow soldiers behind him.

And he talked of being shot seven times — three times on D-Day and four in the Battle of the Bulge.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

“I’d do it all again.”


During the Battle of the Bulge, enemy fire had left a gaping hole in his leg, so he hunkered down in a foxhole with a friend.

The searing pain of fire ants gnawing into his wound urged him back out only to be shot again.

A bullet ricocheted off a bone in his arm and struck his head.

His friend took a shot directly to the head and miraculously survived.

These two soldiers fought together for each other, for their country, and for freedom.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

I asked Bobby what stood out in his mind from his time meeting this great man.

He told me he’ll never forget the man’s refusal to see himself as a hero. But most of all, he’ll never forget when he said, “I’d do it all again.”

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Rodrigues


God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

In the summer of 2015, Larry and I had the distinct honor to meet Al Rodrigues, another WWII hero.

Al Rodrigues survived Pearl Harbor. (Click on the link or photo to read about it.)

Imagine the horrors he endured. Surely he’d want to forget them and leave it in the past. And yet, Al chooses to remember.

And he chooses to come to Pearl Harbor and meet with visitors because Al agrees:

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Two Powerful Videos


Watch this incredible music video We Will Not Forget by Mark Harris.

The footage is amazing. And what a message.

Then watch the equally amazing interview with actor Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus Christ in the movie The Passion of the Christ.

We Will Never Forget. Watch this moving video & song. #AlwaysRemember #FourthofJuly Click To Tweet

You’re gonna need a large cup of coffee and some time for Jim Caviezel’s interview, but you’ll be glad you did.

The music video is short but powerful.

While you’re watching, pray.

Pray for our soldiers who are serving today.

Thank God for all those who bought our freedom with their lives.

Thank Him for the countless others who’ve fought for freedom since.

And thank Him, most of all, for His Son Jesus Christ, who bought our eternal freedom with His blood.

Music Video We Will Not Forget by Mark Harris


Jim Caviezel Describes Portraying Jesus, the Greatest Hero


Jim Caviezel isn’t a war hero.

He never served on any battle lines.

But he did take on the role of the greatest hero ever to live or die — and live again.

Jim played the part of Jesus in the movie The Passion of the Christ. 

Listen to Jim describe the deeply moving experience of portraying Christ as He took on the sins of the whole world.

In the lashing scene, one of the Roman soldier actors actually slashed his side.

When they hung Jim on the cross, his shoulder separated. He left it that way.

On the final day of the shoot, lightning struck him as he hung on the cross.

Jim shares much more than movie memories.

He delivers a powerful message we all need to hear about freedom.

Freedom isn’t free. It was bought by blood — priceless blood.

Freedom exists not to do what you like but having the right to do what you ought. #FourthofJuly Click To Tweet

We will never forget.
We must never forget. 




When Love Comes Home (by Matthew West) Happy 4th of July!

Lyric video of When Love Comes Home by Matthew West & Resources by author Edie Melson

When Love Comes Home

In America’s history, how many families have dreamt of the day when their soldier comes home — when love comes home?

I actually have an answer to that.

I read on-line (so it has to be true) that nearly 45 million servicemen have served during war time and times of unrest.

45 million families waiting and worrying.

45 million families hoping or praying for their love to come home.

45 million families sacrificing for freedom.

Matthew West wrote this song, When Love Comes Home, after reading a touching story of Scott and Jennifer Horne of Cedar Park, Texas.

Nearing the end his second deployment, Scott wrote to his wife saying, “My heart aches for you every second of every day, and I don’t know how to fill the emptiness I feel when I’m without you.”

Scott gave 20 years of his life to his country. The last 11+ had been as a husband and wife. To me, that means his family served our country as well.

Leaving loved ones behind and heading off to serve is hard. Being left is hard, too.

#Happy4thOfJuly When Love Comes Home by #MatthewWest Click To Tweet

Thank you!

This 4th of July I want to say thank you to every man, woman and child who’s served our country through their prayers and support at home and their selfless service as soldiers fighting for freedom.

I hope this music video of Matthew West’s song When Love Comes Home will encourage us all to remember and pray for our soldiers and their loved ones. 

After the video, I share some great resources for anyone who has a soldier serving in our military written by one who knows, author and mom of a wounded veteran Edie Melson. She understands.

 

Resources

If you have loved ones serving our country, you need these incredible resources Edie. She’s also the military columnist for Guideposts. Check out her articles

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A valuable resource and encouragement for families of soldiers by Edie Melson: "While My Soldier Serves"

” While My Soldier Serves features 111 prayers for their soldier and 53 prayers for the one who waits at home. These thoughtful, specific prayers target the needs soldiers face every day such as for wisdom, strength, faith, protection, encouragement, comfort, and their team. Prayers for the one who waits at home include fear, loneliness, patience, faith, strength, and community.”

While My Soldier Serves Prayer Journal by Edie Melson

“Beautifully embossed and illustrated hardback prayer journal, complete with a short prayer, scripture, and plenty of space on each page for the reader to write his or her own prayers. Perfect gift!” ~ Reviewer Vonda Skelton

 

 

 

 

Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Goes to Battle by Edie Melson

“Few life events can be more unsettling than sending a loved one off to war. This book captures so vividly the fear, doubts and anxiety that go along with deployment, but more than that, each devotion leaves no doubt as to God’s presence with us in the midst of it all.” Review by Ann Tatlock, award-winning novelist.

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Lyric video of When Love Comes Home by Matthew West & Resources by author Edie Melson

 

 

 




We Will Not Forget — We Must Not Forget

View unforgetable music video "We Will Not Forget" by Mark Harris & Interview w/ Jim Caviezel on filming The Passion of the Christ

My son Bobby met a war hero.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Bobby spent almost an hour talking with a man who’d fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Bobby held this hero’s medal and marveled at the stories he shared of landing on the beaches of Normandy.

He told of working his way off the front of the landing craft and through the surf as the Germans shattered his fellow soldiers behind him.

And he talked of being shot seven times — three times on D-Day and four in the Battle of the Bulge.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

During the Battle of the Bulge, enemy fire had left a gaping hole in his leg, so he hunkered down in a foxhole with a friend.

The searing pain of fire ants gnawing into his wound urged him back out only to be shot again.

A bullet ricocheted off a bone in his arm and landed in his head.

His friend took a shot directly to the head and miraculously survived.

These two soldiers fought together for each other, for their country, and for freedom.

We will not forget. We must not forget.

I asked Bobby what stood out in his mind from his time meeting this great man.

He told me he’ll never forget the man’s refusal to see himself as a hero. But most of all, he’ll never forget when he said, “I’d do it all again.”

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Last summer Larry and I had the distinct honor to meet a WWII hero as well.

God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

God Bless Al Rodrigues Pearl Harbor Survivor

Al Rodrigues survived Pearl Harbor. (Click on the link or photo to read about it.)

We will not forget. We must not forget.

Watch this incredible music video We Will Not Forget by Mark Harris.

The footage is amazing. And what a message.

Then watch the equally amazing interview with actor Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus Christ in the movie The Passion of the Christ.

You’re gonna need a large cup of coffee and some time for Jim Caviezel’s interview, but you’ll be glad you did.

The music video is short, but powerful.

While you’re watching, pray.

Pray for our soldiers who are serving today.

Thank God for all those who bought our freedom with their lives.

Thank Him for the countless others who’ve fought for freedom since.

And thank Him, most of all, for His Son Jesus Christ, who bought our eternal freedom with His blood.

Jim Caviezel isn’t a war hero.

He never served on any battle lines.

But he did take on the role of the greatest hero ever to live or die — and live again.

Jim played the part of Jesus in the movie The Passion of the Christ. 

Listen to Jim describe the deeply moving experience of portraying Christ as He took on the sins of the whole world.

In the lashing scene, one of the Roman soldier actors actually slashed his side.

When they hung Jim on the cross, his shoulder separated. He left it that way.

On the final day of the shoot, lightening struck him as he hung on the cross.

Jim shares much more than movie memories.

He delivers a powerful message about freedom we all need to hear.

Freedom isn’t free. It was bought by blood — priceless blood.

Every American generation needs to know that freedom exists, not to do what you like, but having the right to do what you ought. — Jim Caviezel

We will never forget. We must never forget. 


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Freedom exists not to do what you like but having the right to do what you ought. #MemorialDay2016… Click To Tweet




Merry Christmas to You ~ The Nativity Story ~ Come and Worship (by Bebo Norman)

Click to view music video Come & Worship by Bebo Norman via www.JeanWilund.com

Therefore the Lord himself
will give you a sign:

The virgin will conceive
and give birth to a son,
and will call him
Immanuel.

~ Isaiah 7:14

~†~

Merry Christmas from my home to yours!

Please enjoy this music video of the nativity story as Bebo Norman sings “Come and Worship.”

It’s my Christmas gift to you.

~ Jean

Bless others this Christmas by sharing Bebo Norman’s beautiful Christmas carol “Come and Worship.” 

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Happy 4th of July! and God Bless America!

God Bless America!

Canadian-born Celine Dion proves you don’t have to be from America to love our land, our country, or our people — or to honor it. 

Celine sang God Bless America! on September 21, 2001, to honor all those lost in the attacks of 9/11.

Do you know who was the first to perform God Bless America? (Cue Jeopardy music.)

Who is Kate Smith?

Correct!

God Bless America was first introduced to the world by Kate Smith on Armistice Day, November 10, 1938.

Irving Berlin composed the song especially for Kate. When she introduced it, she said that it’s a song that will never die. She couldn’t have known how true her words would be.

Listen to the very first performance in the music video below.

Before you do, however, the music video above includes some powerful quotes delivered in our nation’s history. I wanted to highlight a couple of them to honor this great holiday!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

~ The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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“Give me liberty, or give me death!”
~ Patrick Henry, 1775 

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God Bless America & God bless you, Irving Berlin, for giving us such a tremendous song! Now, here’s Kate Smith . . .

Feeling patriotic? Share this post with your friends and family. 

And share in the comments, how you plan to celebrate this great day! Happy 4th of July!

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I’d Like to Celebrate Easter Like Florence! With a BANG!

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Celebrate Easter like Florence!

 

If I become senile in my old age and forget how to tie my shoes, I’ll still remember celebrating Easter in Florence, Italy.

It was 1984, and Mom and Dad had brilliantly planned for us to be in Florence on Easter. Naturally we planned to attend the service at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as The Duomo. 

Can there be any experience like it?

No, there really can’t. I’m not kidding. I’m not exaggerating. There can’t.

Having arrived at the Duomo extra early to secure prime seats, we were unaware of the circus that was developing outside. We sat in our seats, quiet and unsuspecting, as we waited for the service to start.

The Duomo Easter Cart

Florence celebrates Easter with style.

 

Eventually, music began playing and a line of priests walked up the aisle in dignified pomp and circumstance.

We didn’t understand what we were seeing, but we enjoyed it. The atmosphere in and around the Duomo was so thick with joy you could almost wear it. 

And then the moment arrived that could have given birth to the phrase, “I never saw that coming.”

As everyone sang, one of the somber priests in the front of the church reached over and lit the tail end of a dove suspended on a wire. (It wasn’t a live dove, of course, but rather a symbol of the Holy Spirit.)

Well, no sooner had the priest lit the dove than it shot down the aisle, out the back door, and slammed right into a carnival cart parked by the doors, causing fireworks to explode out of the cart in every direction. Colored smoke poured into the air, and the masses of people outside in the piazza cheered like it was midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Stunned and unsure how to process what I’d just seen, I turned to Mom and Dad and said, “They just blew up the Holy Spirit.”

They just blew up the Holy Spirit!

I’d like to celebrate Easter like Florence! With a BANG!

 

Mom, Dad, and I laughed until we cried. I can’t remember anything else about the service after that. I’m sure it was lovely, filled with lyrical Italian, or maybe they still speak Latin in the Duomo, but I can’t remember. I was fixated on the bottle-rocket-dove blasting through the church and exploding into a riot of fireworks. 

How in the world did a group of the most somber looking men as I’d ever seen walking up the aisle only moments ago turn into carnival workers bringing joy and laughter to boys and girls of every age? 

Through the years I’ve thought about that moment many times, and I just laugh. If it’s not one of my top ten favorite moments in my life, it’s certainly way up there. 

As I prepared for Easter this year, I kept wishing we had an Easter Cart to explode.

I’d like to celebrate Easter like Florence! With a Bang!

Easter, or Resurrection Day, as I like to call it, is truly the most joyous day in history, so why shouldn’t we set off fire works? Firework shows are the crowning of every 4th of July celebration—America’s Independence Day.

Easter morning celebrates an even greater Independence Day–independence from sin and death. That’s worth celebrating with style. Fourth of July style. Florence, Italy style!

I think every church in the world should have a bottle-rocket-dove and fill the air with explosions of fireworks and colored smoke to celebrate such a victory. 

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

 

Unfortunately, our church doesn’t have an Easter Cart, but maybe next year our kids will wake to find an Easter cart in our back yard ready for a celebration they’ll never forget. 

Happy Easter!
I hope you celebrate it with a bang!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Easter? Share in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you! 

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