Memorial Day for a Reason

Some people wonder how to say a Memorial Day greeting. Many say “Happy Memorial Day”, and while I’m sure some folks don’t take any wrong meaning from that, it’s not really a day for Happy, because it’s not a celebration. It’s a day of Memorial, remembrance and reflection.

Memorial Day was set aside as a day of reflection for a reason- and it’s not so we can go to sales, have BBQs or other fun…

I’m not criticizing those activities per se, but too many in our country spend the day doing all the activities without much more than a passing thought, if even that, instead of taking time thinking of the reasons why they are able to enjoy the long weekend.

Every year for the past few years I start thinking about Memorial Day early so I can try  to put out a special  message for people to think about why they have an extra weekend day which was meant for remembering and reflection of the incredible sacrifices made.

Obviously this year is no different, but yet, I know there are only so many ways to bring awareness to folks, and only so many ways to show gratitude towards those who gave everything so I could live in freedom.  I’ve been praying to try and find just the right words that honor them, but also a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by the One who once proclaimed, “ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Christ Jesus died for all, no matter the nationality, religion,  tribe, language, social status, education or income level. He sacrificed Himself for the sins of the world, so that we would have true freedom in spiritual life, and power over death  by reconciliation with our Creator.

So many men and women throughout the history of our nation have given a similar sacrifice to generations around the world- of freedom in life, and for Americans, a preservation of God given liberties which have been embedded in our Constitution.  They deserve some recognition, remembrance and gratitude for what they have preserved for us all.

There are many reasons why men and women have gone into the military. I realize not all have been for purely altruistic reasons, but the fact remains, they were called, and they answered that call, knowing that there’s a chance they might not make it home. What is it that makes someone be willing to fight for others?

Jesus also urges His followers, “These things I command you, that ye love one another.”

Not all who have fought for our country are Christians, yet so many have definitely displayed the most Christ likeness in their service and sacrifice, and their love for one another and those they leave behind.

Is it so hard to honor their memories one day a year without making it a commercial celebration of sales and an extra day off work? Is it an inconvenience to take a few minutes to give thanks to God that so few have given so much of themselves for the rest of us?

Think about the love and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform- those still carrying the torch of those gone before, and those who never made it home.  Give some thought too, to those who do make it, but their minds are still back there… they’re still fighting a battle so few could ever understand.  And too many are losing that one.

Please set aside time today. You are alive and living in freedom because of them.

Have a blessed Memorial Day.