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Special Memorial Day message
Why did we survive . . . . ?
For me Memorial Day’s Meaning has Increased with Time.
Sacrifice comes in many forms and the men and women who have served our Nation have many stories to tell. Today we take time to especially keep alive the the memory of the fallen; express our gratefulness to all who have served and are serving; carry on the life to the fullest they swore to protect and to those who died to preserve all of what is good for us.
As a Christian I have relied on GOD’s Word to make sense of the ways of this world especially the things that are beyond my understanding.
Romans 5:1 ESV
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The men in my family all served in the armed forces of The United States of America from World War I up and through The Vietnam War. My military job was with weapons not found in the Vietnam Theater of War but, many of my contemporaries did serve there and one childhood friend died there in 1968. Setting aside politics I am convinced that war seems to be a necessary evil that must be waged from time to time (or even continue at a low-level seemingly all the time). Sadly this human activity seems needed in order to preserve what good there is in this world. Since I served for just under four years on active duty and never fired a shot in anger I have felt guilty on occasion.
The Comrades I have met as well as my family veterans all have told me not to allow this destructive guilt to diminish my life.
Hebrews 13:6 ESV
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
I am told all who have served honorably have contributed; men women, all. Like some surrealistic movie I see my childhood friend’s face as we huddled in a football game and he told us what the play was. Why did he die? He was so much better than I. He was more courageous than I. My favorite uncle who passed away last fall at 92 years old was a medic and served under General Patton, was in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated at least one Nazi Concentration Camp; he never said much though he was the only post WWII medic from his class to survive (the other one out of a class of 32 came home only to get hit by a car and die). My uncle did not talk much but did have medals and many restless nights.
GOD has a Purpose for us; when you accept Christ and study GOD’s Word you can discover why you were spared and what you are meant to do in this life.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
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