This afternoon, after church I made some lunch for Nadine and we caught the end of “Saving Private Ryan” on cable TV. That movie ALWAYS touches something deep inside of me, this time was no exception. By the end of the movie I was in tears - as usual.
I’ve posted two YouTube clips. The first one above is the movie’s final battle scene where a mortally wounded Captain John Miller tells Private James Ryan, with his dying breath, “Earn this…. Earn it” and he dies.
The next video clip (above) is of a much older James Ryan, with his family visiting the grave site of his former captain. Ryan turns to his wife and in desperation pleads “Tell me I’ve led a good life. Tell me I’m a good man”
For me this is when the tears flow, almost as if on cue. It gets me – deep – every time.
Countless times since I first saw this movie I have turned to my wife and asked her the very same questions the older Ryan asked of his wife. I need to know - I have to know!
I can’t help but consider
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)
Hmmm… am I? Am I living a life worthy of the calling I have received? Am I living a life worthy of THE life that was sacrificed for me? Am I? Am I really? No, not today, not this day – some days… maybe, but not this day.
Forgive me Lord.
Lord, make of me a man, a real man. Give me heart, your passionate heart, Your Lion’s heart for the road ahead. One that will never quit, one that never back down, never roll over and never surrender to my enemy and yours. Instead make of me - just such a man who’ll stay on the field of battle until every last prisoner – be they man, woman or child, is set free and my mission is truly accomplished. Make me that kind of man – one wholly worthy of his calling… in Jesus name I make this request – amen!
© Tom Zawacki 2008