On this Memorial Day it is especially important to remember the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms of this nation. Those that have lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces, as well as civilians that have lost their lives in support of military objectives, did not shy away but answered the call to serve in dangerous and unpredictable situations. Scripture states, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13, NASB). Although many of those that have laid down their lives, our friends, are nameless to us we celebrate their courage, love, fortitude, and strength.
I would like to extend a special prayer and my deepest gratitude to those families that have lost a love one while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. This Monday is a special time set aside in our nation to recognize those warriors that have paid the ultimate price for freedom. I ask that each of us set aside time to reflect on the many blessings that have been afforded to us by the valiant warriors that stood on FREEDOMS WALL and guarded our safety, comfort, and peace rest.
Edmund Burke once stated, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Those who have served faithfully, men and women alike, have ensured that evil will not prevail. The good standards that they uphold, the fortitude that they exemplify, and the strength that radiate from their service should make each of us proud to live in a country that was founded on Christian values. That is the reason we find assurance in the words quoted by the Commander and Chief of the United States of America, President Barack Obama, “God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”
Remaining faithful to God’s calling,
Rev. Kenneth D. Love, Pastor
Honorably Discharged, U. S. Air Force