As we approach Memorial Day, our thoughts turn to the brave soldiers who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces enabling us to enjoy continued freedom. Spend some time during this holiday praying for fallen soldiers, their families, and the sweet redemption of our Lord.Photo courtesy of: The U.S. Army
There can be no question that the price for our freedom in the United States is high. From our earliest roots as a country, battles and blood have been the currencies that paid for the precious freedom we have to live, worship, and speak as we see fit. Our parents, siblings, friends, sons and daughters have all given their lives, and while we never truly forget, Memorial Day is a special time for us to come together by praying for our fallen soldiers and remembering the price of our hard won freedoms.
There is No Greater Love
Soldiers are asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. It takes an incredible person to face the possibility of war and death, especially a death that will save the lives of people you have never even met. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Just as Jesus sacrificed his life so that we may be free, so too have many of our nation’s soldiers. On Memorial Day—and every other day—we can say a prayer of thanks for those brave souls willing to make such a sacrifice for our country, letting them know that the love they have for their country is being returned by its people.
Every Precious Soul
Psalm 116:15 comforts us with this verse: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Losing a loved one is devastating, but we can take comfort in knowing that God holds those soldiers close who have been born again in Christ, and honors their dedication. Pray that their souls have found God and are at rest with Him. Spend time remembering those soldiers, both those who are lost and those who survived to come home to us. Many soldiers who come home face additional challenges, and perhaps knowing they are not forgotten on this holiday may be the comfort that heals any emotional or physical wounds they now carry.
Take Comfort in the Lord
“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,” offers another comforting passage found in Psalm 34:18. Remembering our lost loved ones can be painful, especially if the grief is still fresh. Pour your hurt out to the Lord and feel His comforting embrace upon you and your other loved ones who are grieving. If you can, use Memorial Day to visit a memorial or cemetery and say a prayer for the families of our fallen soldiers. Feel the peace of God’s love and hold close to your memories.
Memorial Day is a time of remembering and honoring not only those we have loved and lost, but also those veterans who have returned home to us. It is difficult to imagine the world we might live in without our soldiers, for they have indeed changed our lives and given us the greatest gift of all – the freedom that comes from their sacrifices.
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