Many of us celebrate Memorial Day as just another day off from work. A day full of cookouts, food, family and friends. Yes, this is a day set aside for celebration. But let us not forget the reason why we are celebrating. Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who have died in service to our country.
There are many Americans who take the way we live in this country for granted. We have become used to living with the freedom to live our life as we choose. Believing that the way it is, is the way it has always been and that it is the way it will always be. Which is only the case because of the many who fought and died so that things could remain this way.
So our freedom came with a price. That price was the lives of many brave men and women. The sacrifices they made allow us to live the lives that so many of us take for granted. So today we not only remember them, we also thank them for making the ultimate sacrifice. Giving their lives so that we can continue to have the freedoms that we all enjoy.
As you reflect on what this day means, say a prayer for the members of our military, present and past, that God may continue to bless them and their families.
John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Psalm 116:15, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants."
John 11:25-26, "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and, whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?'"