You may feel overwhelmed, exhausted or stuck between a rock and a hard place for any of a dozen difficult things going on in your life right now. That’s why this is the very moment you need to remember that there’s something bigger than what you’re going through. Way bigger. It’s the fact that God has created you in God’s own image, God has reached out in Jesus Christ to wash you in his righteousness, and God promises that one day there will be a new heaven and new earth. Think what this means. You’re not in life alone, and you never will be. God has gifted you with the ability to deal positively with far more than you can imagine. And nothing is ever going to separate you from God’s love in Jesus when you embrace him as Lord and Savior. This reality won’t magically solve everything you’re going through right now. But it sure will allow you to do what you need to do today. And that’s enough. In fact, it’s all you’ll ever need.
There are times circumstances overwhelm you. Like a tornado, the death of a loved one or Covid-19. There are times you are responsible for the outcomes in your life. Like buying something you can’t afford, making a mistake or choosing to take a new job in a new place. And there are times circumstances and choices have nothing to do with how you feel. Like feeling as you don’t matter to anyone, sensing an overwhelming feeling of despair or being depressed. No wonder life seems hard. It is. But acknowledging life is hard is not the same thing as wallowing in self-pity. Jesus has come to share the fullness of God’s love with you, transform you from the inside-out and enable you to live the Jesus’ way. He doesn’t want to magically fix everything the way you want. He longs to help you experience abundant living in the midst of your real life.
This Memorial Day is a day of names. Some are remembered, others forgotten. Some are heroes, others merely victims. Some are of exemplary character, others troubled souls. Regardless, these names all have one thing in common. Every single name is an individual who served in our nation’s military and made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the United States of America. We can pray that one day war will be no more. But we will always lift up and give thanks to God for those known and unknown names who were willing to lay down their lives so we can live ours.
Today we remember.
We remember Your love in Jesus Christ who came to reconcile the world to You.
We remember Your forgiveness when we fail, turn from You or act in self-centered ways.
We remember the hope You give when there seems no way forward.
We remember Whose we are when we wonder whether we matter to anyone.
We remember that nothing in life or death can separate us from Your love in Jesus Christ.
Yes, today we remember. Not simply to be thankful for what You have done in the past. But to claim it for the future.
The “unofficial official” beginning of summer. Remembering those who gave their lives serving in order to keep us free. Rainy day – gloomy weather. Reading. Taking a nap. Facetime with family. Sitting on the back porch. Smoking a brisket. Reading scripture. Working on some projects. Prayer. Worrying about those who are struggling the most. This is what my holiday weekend is like. Probably yours, as well. And the amazing thing is that every bit of it is occurring in the midst of Covid-19. That’s because life goes on, even in crises. As does God’s love in Jesus Christ. And it’s this amazing grace that holds it all together. Thank you, God!