Those who have served in combat know that war is a horrible thing. People of faith know that it is contrary to God’s will. And yet, sadly, war is sometimes necessary. Today we pay tribute to the men and women who served in the armed forces and died protecting our nation from those who would cause us harm. Remember, honor and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for them, as well as all who have served in years past or right now. For in a fallen world, their sacrifices offer each one of us an incredible gift of love, life and freedom.
Once again, we are enjoying a Memorial Day Weekend. A time of relaxation. The ‘start’ of summer. Time with family. Cookouts. Catching up on yard work. And so much more.
But there is so much more beyond the so much more of a holiday weekend. It is reality that some in our nation have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our lives. Some of these were career military. Others, ordinary citizens. But all of them realized that in order for us to be free, we need those who are willing to stand in the breach in a world that sadly still has so much evil, violence and, too often, war.
Help us to not be so caught up in our own blessings that we forget those who have sacrificed for us. Make sure we don’t take our freedom for granted. Keep alive in our hearts those who died while serving our nation and protecting us.
And, most of all, let us never forget.
We pray this in the name of Christ.
God showers you with the gift of amazing grace. This grace finds you wherever you are and fills you to overflowing. It enables you to experience the fullness of God’s love that is unconditional, invitational and transformational. And while this grace is always going to be there regardless of what you do or don’t do, you still have to decide how you are going to respond. So how about it – Are you going to make this a grace-filled day?
What will you do today?” is a very different question from, “What’s the point of what you will do today?” The first is about activity, while the second is about purpose. And if you’re like a lot of people, all too often you probably feel as if you have so many responsibilities, obligations and self-imposed ‘to dos’ that you just don’t have time to get to the purpose of it all. No wonder your body is physically exhausted and your soul empty at the end of the day. But there’s a different way. A better way. Talk to God and listen to God – in the morning when you rise, at night when you go to sleep and all the moments in-between. It will lead to purposeful activity. And that will do wonders for your body and your soul.
It doesn’t matter whether you do it in your quiet time with God or in the midst of the chaos of the day. It doesn’t matter whether you are fully convinced of it or want to want to believe it. It doesn’t matter whether you are on the mountaintop or in the valley. You are created in the image of God. Jesus loves you so much he died on the cross to redeem you. His resurrection is proof that God’s love overcomes everything. The Holy Spirit seeks to comfort and empower you. And there’s nothing you can do to change any of this. Thank God!