The Caskey Family

Freedom Cost Us Today
June 27, 2010, 11:43 am
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Yesterday Jeremy’s brother, Joe Caskey, died valiantly on the battlefield while serving his country in Afghanistan. He is a US Marine and was serving his second tour in this current conflict.

As the grief washes over us, I am reminded very personally that freedom is not free.  Joe volunteered for the most dangerous part of the war zone, and paid for our freedom with his own life.  I was struck last night as I laid in bed and prayed for sleep to come (not to just me, but other people who are grieving) that John wrote about men like Joe in John 15:12-13: “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

And so I am grateful.  Grateful to Joe who was brave and bold, and who didn’t think twice about laying down his life and grateful for the other Marines who were with him, some of whom died also, and some of whom live to go on defending my freedom.  Today they woke up to go out and defend our freedom in the face of their very own grief with the memory of the torturous event that cost them their leader fresh in their minds.  Oh God, please be merciful to them!

My heart is also grateful to his mother who birthed him, raised him, and supported him heartily as he left to serve his country.  I am grateful to his father who modeled patriotism and service to country with his own career and life.  And with tears I am grateful for his brothers who have also served their country but been graciously allowed to return home.  Jeremy’s next younger brother survived a suicide bomb but carries around with him the effects of that event.  I live comfortably, safely and in freedom because of your service.

Today I am humbled by God’s goodness to me and my children in giving us brave and heroic men like Joe Caskey. May the God who, in His goodness, gave us Joe, also grant peace and comfort unexplainable to those love Joe and who now mourn the loss of this valiant man.

Joe is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will be buried here in on American soil in the upcoming days with full military honors.