Remembering those who died
We remember those who died for our freedoms on Memorial Day. As a mother, I fear that my son will charge himself out onto the battlefield. I see the effects of battle on our family as a daughter. Then, as a granddaughter, I see two generations who lost a father and a grandfather. Yes, war comes with a price and the chosen return home.
While Memorial Day reminds us of the sacrifices that our servicemen and women made, it also reminds us of our mortality. No one dies and gets a free ticket to Heaven if they do not believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We all must begin with the power and authority of God, then come to know the saving grace of Jesus, God’s only Son.
We receive grace for our sins
It doesn’t matter how we start our lives that matters, it is how we finish. Many men and women find themselves in the military because they had few other places to go. Whether it was because of their recklessness in their youth, or families who had abandoned them, they took the risk of becoming a serviceman or woman.
Some never made it home, having made their redemption on the battlefield. Others died, lost forever. No matter what, those who died were God’s sacrifice for our country. He is the giver of life and death and the choice was His alone, whether or not we understand.
The Holy Spirit strengthens us.
Any of God’s chosen people can use their skills and authority to carry out what they think is His will. Yet, only those who seek out the power and authority of God will know how to seek it out.
It is not a 100% guarantee that He will bring home those who serve Him in the military, but it counts their lives as worthy. Those who died for our freedoms and the freedoms of those whom they fought for, had their lives justified by God.
Those who died made a way for the living
No matter what happened and no matter what their relationships with you, your loved ones served a purpose. God made sure of it. The Lord uses His finger to point us back to the loved ones left behind. This is where our focus needs to lie now.
We remember the dead and the legacy they helped form, but we pray and sow over the living. This is where our families’ future lies–in the living.
Praying for mercy and peace in your family, as you remember the fallen heroes