John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
As Memorial Day approaches, many of us think, "Three-day weekend!" and gear up for big sales and backyard barbecues. But tomorrow's "holiday" is about so much more. It's a day of remembrance as we break from our schedules to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Those who willingly gave their lives so that coming generations of Americans and countless others around the world could be free from tyranny and oppression. We are forever grateful!
Jesus said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." Though the vast majority of us will never lay down our lives for others, we are called to live a life of sacrifice, a life dedicated to freeing others from the tyranny and oppression of sin in their lives. How do we do this? We love others as Jesus loves us. We include them in our daily prayers, and we look for opportunities to share the hope that's only found in Christ, the One who sacrificed Himself for our ultimate freedom.
So, tomorrow, find a few moments throughout the day to pause in remembrance and gratitude for our fallen heroes. In doing so, we honor our risen Lord.
First, re-read John 3:16 and thank God for the freedom He offers us through His Son, Jesus. Second, take time tomorrow - whatever your Memorial Day plans may be - to pray for the families and loved ones of those who've shown us "no greater love than this!"
Lord, Thank You for so loving me that You gave Your Son for my eternal freedom. I pray for all the families of our fallen heroes and give thanks for all who put themselves in harm's way every day for my safety and security. In Jesus' name, Amen!