Its Memorial Day weekend. A weekend for sales, for barbecues, and family time? This weekend, specifically, the last Monday in May is set aside as day of observance to honor those who died in the Military service.
I realize that we're in the midst of an unpopular war, and that the respect for military action in the world is not high. That being said, I think its important to remember that our Nation was established and has remained because of our fighting military men and women.
I don't think that God is that excited about war as a means of truth and justice in the world, but Jesus did speak that there would be 'wars and rumors of wars' in the last days. No matter where you fall on the military debate, either biblically or politically, there is no denying that we wouldn't be where we are at as a nation if it were not for those who died.
Today, I want to honor them. To remember them. To thank God for them. We live in the greatest nation in the world. Yes, we have our problems, but the umbrella of freedom that we live under provided by those before us enables me to worship God freely, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends". What a great love those veterans has for us that they were willing to lay down their lives.
Remember them this weekend. Say a prayer of thanks to God for them. Thank Him for what they provided for us.