Monday, May 28, 2012
MEMORIAL DAY: A TIME FOR HONOR
Do you know the saying '"If you love your freedom, thank a Vet?!" Today in the United States we observe Memorial Day although the official date of Memorial Day is May 30 and modern calendars celebrate it on the final Monday of the month. This is an excellent time for parents with small children to teach them to respect and honor those service members who have paid the ultimate price. We do not enjoy the freedoms we have by accident. Wars were fought and lives were lost in order to keep this land secure. Each of us who enjoys these privileges needs to pause today to reflect on this holiday and it's true meaning.
Honor seems to be disappearing from our society, which is sad. So we celebrate this day now as yet another 3 day weekend. Malls have sales and swimming pools open. When I was growing up this day was a day held in high regard.My high school band marched to the local cemetery and paid tribute to our fallen military heroes who died in combat. Many use it for honoring all deceased but the real purpose was for honoring those who gave their lives for this country in battle.
How do we celebrate today? Swimming, barbecues, a day at the beach, skiing at the lake, a baseball game, sales at the mall, buying a new car, or The Indy 500? Which of those activities has any thing to do with honoring those soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who gave their lives?
If you get a chance go visit your local cemetery or a veterans memorial, if your town has one. Think about what this day means. So many of us in America seem to live in a complacent 'bubble' of sorts where we do not even realize our very freedoms are being threatened even by our own government. Our war dead did not give their lives so we could come under bondage and tyranny at the hands of our own elected leaders. It says in God's word "It was for freedom that Christ set us free." (Galatians 5:1).
The Bible says "Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friends."(John 15:13). No one knows this better than a fighting man on the battlefields. So take today and give God thanks for this marvelous nation and for those brave men and women who paid for this freedom with their very lives.
PRAYER: Father this day I thank you for living in America the land of the free and home of the brave. I thank you that this nation was founded one nation under God. Father our freedoms are precious and they are God given. Help no mere man try to lord over us and trample on we citizens and try to put us in bondage and take away our liberty. We are truly blessed indeed. For this young free nation we give you the praise and the glory. In Jesus Name. Amen.