The families of freedom

May 31, 2010 — 2 Comments

Today is Memorial Day . . . a day in which we remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

For many of us, the price of freedom has come at great cost to our families. While I have not lost any immediate family members through military service, I have worked with those who have not been so fortunate.

I have worked closely with a number of military families during times of great emotional pain and sorrow — the kind of anguish that comes when young lives are, in our estimation, cut short. I have also had the privilege of knowing people who never really had the chance to know their parents or grandparents due to the casualties of war. That is the reality for one of our church staff members. Her father died while serving in Vietnam when she was just a little girl.

This day hits me hard every year as I think about the stark ambiguities that seem to be magnified on the evening news. A day that has been specifically set aside to remember those fallen men and women is marked less by memorials and more by boating and backyard barbecues.

On this Memorial Day, I urge you to interrupt your celebration of summer long enough to give sincere thanks to God for those brave soldiers who have made it possible for us to live in the land of the free.

However you choose to spend this day, say some special prayers for those families who are daily reminded of the sacrifices of their loved ones. For them every day is a memorial day.

May we never take our freedom for granted. And may we never ever forget that its price is paid in human lives.


2 responses to The families of freedom


    I think that I have seen more patriotism displayed this year than any for a lonnnnnnnnnng time. It is refreshing to see people give thanks for those who risked their very lives for our country.

    And OUR JESUS not only risked but GAVE his life not just for our country, but all people everywhere! What a gift…THANK YOU LORD!

    Marilyn Riordan May 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    So much enjoyed this post. We should never take their service and sacrifice for granted.

    Would you send your expressions and insights to the gmail address instead of yahoo so that I can get it more easily? Thank you.

    Praying for you all.

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