Every year our country takes a day out of its busy schedule to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed life for us. I think we can all agree that this moment should happen EVERY day, not once a year. The men and women who gave their lives to our country are incredible and wonderful people. They bravely endured battles, wars, and enemies for the sake of our freedom. They gave up their own liberties so that we could have liberties. These soldiers gave so much of themselves - their very lives - so that we could freely live our lives each day.
Understanding that this is a day of remembrance for those gone by, let us also not forget those that are still with us today who have served, as well as those that serve our country now. Those who have gone to far away lands, and those that are on our own soil. Those that are on the front lines and those that serve the front lines in many different capacities. These brave service men and women give up their own freedom of spending time with their families, of a different path of service, so that they can ensure our freedoms. I am sure we all know of at least one service person and I am sure you are as amazed as I am as to what drives these men/women to serve our country; to be ready to give up their lives for another.
We have someone else that we are close to who did the same for us. Jesus chose to fight for us so that we might be free. Jesus chose to give up his life so that we wouldn't be a slave to the devil and sin anymore. Jesus endured battles and the enemy, the devil, so that we could live freely each day. He truly was on the front line for us - and still is today. As the Holy Spirit lives in each of us, Jesus lives in each of us as well. He gave everything for us, people who truly did not deserve it. He gave His all for our all. The amazement and wonder of it all still mystifies me. That we might know such love is an incredible feeling. Jesus fought the fight for us.
During this weekend, may we remember all who have fought for us. Jesus led the way and made the ultimate sacrifice - to walk into hell for our sins. He rejoices at God's right hand that we might have a place in paradise. As well, our fallen soldiers who have known our Lord are in paradise with him today. Remember! On Monday, may we all take time to remember our soldiers, those who fight now and those who have fought the fight. Give thanks to them! May we also remember our Lord Jesus who also fought the fight. We have so much to be grateful for. Blessings to all on this Memorial Day Weekend.
"The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name." (NIV) Exodus 15:3