Life is not a fairy tale. Horrible things occur far too often, including the reality that our nation sometimes must engage in war to protect lives – ours, as well as innocents in far-away lands. Yet while war is sometimes necessary, it is important to remember four things. First, this kind of violence always breaks God’s heart because it is not God’s Will. Second, those who have been combatants know the horror of war better than anyone else and realize it should always be an act of last resort. Third, when armed conflict occurs, that’s when our fellow citizens have stepped forward to give their lives that we might enjoy the blessings of freedom. Fourth, it’s why you should offer a prayer of thanksgiving today for the men and women of the military who selflessly have given their lives for you on this Memorial Day.