This Memorial Day should be a time of remembering sacrifice but I also want to share some extra thoughts as well.
We should be grateful of the ones who fight for our country, the ones who lay down their lives everyday so that we could have freedom.
You know there is a television show that came out some decades ago and one of the stories touched my heart. On the show MASH there was a sequence where Radar and another person were observing women possibly slaves scanning a field for mines.
They didn’t like knowing that someone had ordered people who were human beings to go outside and use sticks to touch possible explosives that were hidden in the high grass.
Suddenly without warning a mine goes off and a woman drops. Radar, thinking and caring for her safety and not thinking of his own charges into the field as the other person shouts for him not to go out there.
He grabs her and carries her to where the other soldier is possibly going to get her medical treatment.
Now just typing that now I got really emotional again. I don’t get that way because I think a tv show is real (it’s just a dern piece of media, hehe!)… what gently moves my heart is that it is representative of the soldier.
They go far to help fellow brothers, or fellow soldiers even if their own safety is at stake. They’d drop onto the mine and let it detonate themselves just so their friends would be safe. They’d make the sacrifice that many of us today either take for granted or think of our own troubles which are small and petty sometimes versus what they still go through to this day.
We, wherever we come from, have a military that is fighting for freedom in your place, your country, your continent that you live in.
“Fighting for freedom in your place” I hadn’t meant to say that. Now that reminds me of something else__:
God made a way by sending his son Jesus Christ to day in your place. Do you think this is just religion? No, sometimes we do things in a religious way but that is doing so in the wrong heart. Religion is false but a relationship with Jesus is true. It starts with our realization that God loves us, He wants us to know that He could save us because of what He had done and what His son had done which was die bodily on the cross and then in three days, rise again, bodily and wholly, and go to Heaven, ensuring us He is one day coming again.
Did you know that God loves you so much? You may be hurting but no matter what you are going through He still loves you. He makes you know that all He wants is for you to know Him. He wants a relationship with you. If you do, you will be blessed in ways this world will not understand but you will know in your heart what He has done.
There is mercy by what was done through the cross. His son took all of your and the world’s sin. He also bled on the cross which is why we needed our sins paid for and forgiven. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
He was like a lamb to be sacrificed but He was THE lamb, the ultimate and only sacrifice that would cover all sin.
God has made His people and they need to be saved because of sin. We all sinned and not one is innocent except Jesus who was and is man and God.
He redeemed the people who are willing to hear, would you want to know of Christ’s sacrifice?
Again drawing attention on Memorial day I have posted a pic on social media that has made me want to cry. I first saw it in high school, it is a painting, a portrait of a man standing at the Vietnam Memorial. His head is bowed and he is crying as he puts his hand on the wall full of the names of the people who died during that war.
In the reflection is a hand touching his. It is his younger self… and he and his fellow fallen troop are staring back at him.
It makes me cry and I know one person who served this country. He doesn’t seem to understand that I am moved by what the soldier has done for this country.
It seems he feels that a person has to serve the country to appreciate it. I myself have never served but I get emotional at their ultimate sacrifice.
I also was moved reading a book about C. S. Lewis. He has served his country and when he struggled with if God existed or not became bitter to the world. He later was changed by Christ and became one of the biggest defender and apologetics in the faith.
He also was used in sad situations, almost like men and women willing to be sacrificed in time as they’d know Jesus.
He was told to give a sermon to a huge team of pilots. As they explained the real reason he was surprised (he probably was going to cry at the thought). They were concerned for these pilots’ souls. They were more than likely about to head to their deaths (it was like a 90% chance of fatality for them) as they would head toward enemy territory, protecting their land at home. They would probably get hit by antagonistic warfare fighting for their side.
C. S. Lewis preached to these people. And God’s Word was not returned void.
So do you want to know of the Ultimate Sacrifice of Christ? He lived in a holy land and because of sin was ordered by the people (no different than us) to die on the cross for blaspheming that He was the King, the I Am. He was the king of the Jews but the Lord can also be lord of our hearts and our lives.
God would not want you to perish from sin and be separated from Him for all eternity. This life may not be our only one but it is critical if you have thoughts that are not right to what God wants for you.
God wants you to know He loves you. He provided the way and He can through His Son and provide the way in your life today.
Accept Christ. It is the best gift you could receive today.
Your sin can only get you one way, but Christ died for it so that you wouldn’t end up in that place called hell.
His death was for your life; his payment gave you the chance to be accepted into His kingdom. Pray and know the Lord today.
If you know the Lord then God says you are one of His people and He is your God. He loves you and I hope you experience His amazing grace, something He gives us that we do not deserve.
How exciting it is that He is your God?? You can stand in true spiritual freedom if it is so.
God bless you and meditate on the Lord this Memorial Day.
“These things I have spoken to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33