I hope and pray that my message finds you healthy, safe and well on this 2020 Memorial Day. I also hope and pray that you will not find the subject line of this message offensive in any way for it is truly meant to honor those who have given their lives in the known wars and known battles in defending our country and it's people as well as those who have fought the less well-known wars and battles that have also kept us safe from harm.
I thank God for our deceased armed forces for paying the ultimate price.
Did they know when they were going into battle that they would not return to family and friends? On the other side of glory, did they believe that they would have made the same decisions if given another chance? Was it worth it?
My brothers and sisters in Christ, I believe that we would answer "Yes" with our mouths as we have greater freedoms in this country than almost any other in the whole world.
Laying down their lives for others, from our perspective, has proven to be worth it and for their sacrifice of life and investment in a future legacy that they could not participate in on this side of glory, it has proven to be worth it.
So now, how do we honor them?
Do we have cookouts? Some do. Do we have parades? Some do. Do we have speakers recalling the names of those who have passed on? Some do. Do we place flowers on the graves of loved ones no longer with us? Some do.
But, for it to be really worth, is that enough?
Perhaps, enough would be seeing injustice and fighting for justice. Perhaps, enough would be seeing the marginalized and lending a helping hand. Perhaps, enough would be seeing the voiceless and speaking up on their behalf.
Some do. We all should!
As Christians, we know that Jesus also fought a battle and a war. He fought the battle with death and the war with sin. He won both. And, He, like our deceased veterans, lost His life; but, unlike them, He took His life back so that we could have everlasting life.
As Christians, may we also celebrate Jesus as a deceased veteran but also as a Risen Savior and Everlasting Lord!
Some do. We all should!
Beloved, take a little time to reflect on all of those who have given so much so that we can have so much and then, in your own way, let us find ways to honor all.
And, remember, God loves you and I love you too!
Happy Memorial Day!