As we approach Memorial Day on Monday, it’s a wonderful time to pray for those who have given their lives as members of the United States Armed Forces, for active duty members of our military, and for their families. It is by their grace we enjoy the freedoms we hold dear, and they are courageous examples of God’s intention for us to love one another, even to the point of laying down our lives for the ones we love.
John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.”
Freedom indeed isn’t free, and the Bible echoes over the centuries to remind us that this is a greater love, to willingly give up one’s life in defense of freedom at home. Many Americans remember loved ones who never came home so that we could be safe at home. It is a greater love, to be sure.
Love of country is something we all share, and a diverse national community has been affected by our men and women offering the ultimate sacrifice. Thank a veteran every chance you get, let them know they are in your prayers, and for the loved ones of service members who did not come home, let them know you will never forget.
Dear Lord, we ask you to be present with members of our community who have lost loved ones who gave their lives for their country. We ask you to bless active members of every branch of the United States Military, their loved ones, and every veteran. You call uniquely gifted men and women to serve in this way, and our lives are better for it. Help us to remember these friends, neighbors, and loved ones often in our prayers, and with our words and deeds whenever the opportunity arises. Amen