We are looking at another holiday tomorrow. Memorial Day. It is a day that many will spend picnicking, playing and enjoying an extra day off from work.There is nothing wrong with spending your extra day off in this manner, with family and friends as many do. But many have forgotten what this day represents to us as Americans.
I am want us to re-open our eyes and hearts to why we celebrate Memorial Day.
I remember a few years ago watching television and seeing this incident take place, as the picture portrays. I remember being awestruck at the elderly veteran gentleman walking up to this man coming home from over seas. He was coming home because of injuries he had sustained in the line of battle and he could no longer serve at his post. I recall the media telling us about those injuries and how great his struggles were. He was also facing the readjustments he was making with a new “limb” and the loss of his eye, very sobering to think about.
But what spoke to my heart the most was watching this elderly veteran go and embrace this soldier that had come home. A veteran “thanking” a fellow soldier.
This elderly veteran KNEW what this man had sacrificed. He KNEW what it was to put his life on the line for what he believed. He KNEW the struggles that this man endured and was going to face. This embrace was far more than that of a simple “thank you”, but one of great gratitude, love and compassion for a fellow soldier that gave himself in the line of duty, responsibility and belief.
This was a very moving moment that was shared and televised throughout our nation. I can not imagine the love and compassion that flowed through this older soldier for the younger one coming home. This man wept for his new comrade and friend. They had never met before, so why the emotion. He had been there. He had experienced what the younger man had. He also knew what it took to lay ones life on the line for many. Thankful, yes, but much more. There was a gratitude of debt the elder was expressing to the younger. A debt was paid by this man giving of himself freely for others still at home in all their comfortable places.
There are other men and woman serving in our armed forces that have sacrificed limb and life for what we here at home take for granted. Our freedoms, and they are costly.
Over 2000 years ago there was one man that battled for each one of us for our freedom also. His death was not that we could live as we choose in this land we live, but in order that we may have a greater life. Isn’t that what our soldiers over seas are fighting for now, a greater life for us. Yes but here in our nice comfortable homes. There is nothing wrong with that, I am very grateful for what our men and woman are doing in keeping our land for many reasons.
But God sent His Son to a battlefield like no other will ever have to go to. A spiritual battlefield. A battlefield that He won victoriously over sin and death. He won the battle over satan so that we may have an abundant life in Christ. To walk and live in the gospel. To learn and know Christ so that we may live and reign with Him and with the Father. That is freedom from the terrors of this earth, now we have joy and peace in what we believe.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
May God’s grace continually surround our men and woman of our armed forces and His hope be thier beacon each day.
Remember and continue to pray for our troops.