The calendar reads the same as always–it’s Monday. Yet today is different for many.
Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor our living veterans as well as those who continue to sacrifice so much for us as a country and as their fellow citizens of the United States.
Currently engaged in active wars, our country continues to sacrifice. Many sacrifice daily to make sure we stay free and safe:
Free to live without fear of war on our soil.
Free to live without fear of harm from another country.
Free to live the American dream raising our families as we work to provide home and food and other necessities.
Free to live knowing our children receive a good education.
Free to live worshiping daily the God we know protects and love us.
Sacrifice takes her toll in many ways. Sacrifice asks military families to give more than the rest of us may ever experience:
A family with a mother or a father leaving home for a foreign land.
Babies born with daddy far away.
Special birthdays missed.
Graduations with a missing family member at celebration time
Sometimes the serving family member never comes home.
Sacrifice is willing to continue reaching into the lives of our military families and plucking away at the joyous times of their living. Despite her unnatural reach and greedy requests of these families, they willingly choose to serve and to sacrifice.
In the face of their sacrifices, do we take enough time to reflect on how their sacrifice impacts our lives?
Do we remember to say “thank you” when we see a service man or woman in uniform? Do we thank our living veterans from all previous wars? When given the opportunity, do we thank their family members for their sacrifices?
As Christians, gratitude is an important part of our faith journey. God’s sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, is an unfathomable thing to consider as a parent. Yet every day somewhere a family loses a father, a mother, a husband or wife, a son or daughter because of Sacrifice’s unending call to protect our country.
One word describes Memorial Day for me: Sacrifice.
And I should offer two words in response to those who respond to Sacrifice’s call: Thank you.
‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. ~Alice Walker
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Kelli Woolford at Chronicles of Grace | Unforced Rhythms