Memorial Day has a special meaning to me because my family is steeped in military service. My Grandfather served in WWI, my Dad served as a Marine in WWII, my Uncle served under General Patton in WWII and died from complications after stepping on a land mine, my father-in-law served in the Korean Conflict, my Cousin served in Vietnam, my brother-in-law served in the Army during that same time, and my Nephew served in the Marines and was a part of the initial envoy during the “Shock and Awe” attack that brought down Saddam Hussein.
It is a challenge to love someone who believes they have a call to duty. However, it is an honor as well. We want to protect those we love but when they believe their job is to place themselves in danger, then prayer is our only recourse. That is why I am truly honored and humbled this Memorial Day. I will be offering the benediction at a Memorial Day Ceremony and I know the audience will be filled with those that have lost their loved ones.
I will start out with a scripture that sums it up best in my opinion, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)