Your Life Is No Longer Your Own (Tissues Required)

This post stopped me in my tracks on a busy day and made me think, made me even FEEL perhaps a tiny portion of what it must have felt like for the 13-year old boy when he realized he would be chosen, then felt the hand on his shoulder, and what happened next. A powerful and moving story.

My Good Time Stories

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Read an amazing account of incredible sacrifice during World War 2 involving simple towns people.

Around this time each year, Memorial Day, I am reminded of a story that I once heard. Though the exactness of it I cannot confirm, I am assured its basis is quite factual, and its message definitely deserves to be retold.

The story is of a man, Andrew, who was known all his life for selfless sacrifice and good works. He always stood in defense of the defenseless, and toiled without tiring, standing up for the downtrodden and underprivileged. As he grew old, and people tried to honor him for his well-lived life of service, he was reluctant to accept the praise and attention that his community desired to heap upon him. It was then, for the first time, that he told a story that had burned deep in his heart and…

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I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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8 Responses to Your Life Is No Longer Your Own (Tissues Required)

  1. russtowne says:

    A life lived indeed. Thank you for your comment, Willow.

  2. Most of us can’t even imagine the many sacrifices made by those who endured WW2 and the other wars as well. My oldest brother served in the RAF in WW2 and came back a changed man …not for the better because he’d seen so much… Fortunately over the years he regained his faith but he never forgot…. Diane

    • russtowne says:

      For many, the war goes on long after peace between nations is declared. I’m glad your brother won at least part of his own personal war, Diane.

  3. This is a heart felt profound message indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  4. One small, bright, shining moment of good against a massive dark force of EVIL. Many such shining moments wiped that particular evil from the face of the earth.

    • russtowne says:

      Well said, John. I believe all societies have many shining examples of such goodness, and sadly, others who, if given the opportunity, would be every bit as cruel and ruthless as those who committed such atrocities in WWII. Vigilance is a necessity for those who wish to remain free.

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