Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: a day of honor

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~ John 15:13
Today is a day of memorialization. A day to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate price while fighting for our country, and for those of us who haven’t served, to preserve our freedoms...
RedState: The Veterans Affairs Department reports that of all the wars America has been in, we have lost 700,000 soldiers to battle deaths ( in theater ) and just over 300,000 deaths listed as “other deaths” (in theater ). That is approximately one million people who have died fighting or in combat zones for this country and its ideals. Living to be free from tyranny and to continue the pursuit of happiness spoken of in our Declaration Of Independence.

The men and women who served with those who have died, carry their memory home with them. Memorial Day for them and the families of those who have died is not just the last Monday in May but every day. That the nation takes a moment out of its calendar to remember those that passed matters to them.

I hope it still matters to the majority of this country and we all take more than just a moment to say a prayer but really think about the sacrifice of giving up your life so others can live free.
Among the greatest of sacrifices indeed, and following in the footsteps of our Lord's own saving Grace. Upon the reflection of such a weighty thought, my mind turns toward a common prayer that wholly encompasses today's memorialization...
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

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