Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Remember those you're supposed to remember this weekend

It's Memorial Day Weekend, extra time off for almost everyone. It's sad that many think of it as just that and nothing more, a three-day weekend. Picnics and parties, the first weekend at the lake for many, cookouts and the kickoff for summer, a great big good time. But all those celebrations too often obfuscate the real meaning of Memorial Day.

. Monday wasn't set aside to celebrate the beginning of summer, but to honor the many men and women who died to give you the freedom to celebrate the beginning of summer. It wasn't set aside as a day to gorge yourself on hamburgers, hot dogs and beer, but to reflect and remember the sacrifice of those who fell in service to this great nation. It wasn't set aside for you to test the water temperature at your favorite lake, but to pay tribute to those men and women who died so that you can be free to celebrate, to eat, and play howsoever you choose.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ~ John 15:13

Most people who never served don't realize, that fighting men seldom fight for themselves. At the front, with that rifle in his hands, it's not him he's fighting for. When he kills, it's not his own life that he's trying so desperately to preserve. And when he dies, he dies hoping that he was able to save the lives of those who stood beside him. Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends. These are the men and women who should be foremost on your minds this weekend. Those men and women who did just that.

So take time and thank God for the men and women who fought and died so that you can have this weekend.

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