Thursday, January 1, 2009

Antietam Battlefield

We packed up our stuff and made a mad dash to Maryland, to visit family. We left on New Years Eve and headed east. The kids were excited to see grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The skies were clear when we left Indiana but when we got to Pennsylvania we hit a blizzard. Traffic slowed but we wanted to get home. It was the worst driving conditions I have ever driven in. As you can see from the photo below, lots of road salt.

The New Year was rapidly counting down and we wanted to take a picture as soon as 12:00 ticked. Well we found ourselves in Breezewood, at the very place we travel each year for our Wild at Heart men's retreat. I asked a man to take a photo of us at the Gateway Truck Stop.

We dropped our bags at my folks house and had a great night's rest. It was so good to see family. We then drove to the Antietam Battlefield, and took in some incredible history. The Civil War is literally in my backyard. We took pictures at various sites. I love this one below. Here is a statue for the Indiana soldiers that fought at Antietam.

We then went to the bloodiest battle of the war. Bloody Lane was where the most men lost their lives. In fact, history tells us that so many men died in this lane, that blood flowed some 2 feet deep down this lane.

Isaiah and Josh walked the very lane where men gave their lives for freedom. It was humbling for us to walk this very path.

Imagine the lives that were taken because of a cause for freedom with this canon. But then again imagine what Jesus did for our freedom. He gave his life! Thank Jesus today for the blood that was shed for you.

True freedom comes through Jesus and his blood that was Shed!

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