Beyond Memorial Day

Memorial Day

What does it mean? For many who lost sons, brothers, fathers or uncles in the war it is a time to remember.

For others who had sons, brothers, fathers or uncles who fought and came home it means a time to be thankful.

For me as a believer, it means that besides human sacrifice there is one who gave His life for me, not on the battlefield but on the cross, so that I could live eternally. What a beautiful time of remembrance and thankfulness.

My wife’s uncles, Emil and Bill, served in World War I from 1917-1918. And they sang the song When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again. Her brother Vernon served in the US Army in Germany in World War II from 1943-1945 and he sang White Cliffs of Dover and When the Lights Go On Again. My brothers JC and Glenn served in the US Navy and US Air Force in Korea and Viet Nam during both of those wars. And they sang Tie a Yellow Ribbon.

The battles still rage across the earth but there is no song that we sing in America today; just lethargy about our freedoms.

However, the spiritual battle is the Lord’s and He has given his life and He is the victor. We have read the back of the Book! John 8:36 promises “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Take time to thank God for your relatives who served in the military over the years. And be very sure to thank our Lord Jesus for serving and giving his life that we might live for eternity. Our glorious song can be Faith Is the Victory.

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