“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Memorial Day is much more than a day off of work or picnics or the first weekend of summer. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. WWI had over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded. In WWII just the United States had 418,000 military deaths. As of June 2016 there are more than 7800 American soldiers still unaccounted for from the Korean War. The Vietnam War is the war that hits close to home for me. Of the 58,220 soldiers that were killed, one of those was my cousin. That is the year Memorial Day taught me its true meaning.
Jesus gave his life so that we can have the freedom from sin. All the men and women who have given their lives in war died to give us the freedom to worship and serve Jesus without the fear.
On this Memorial Day take the time to thank the Lord for sending Jesus and for all those who have served and died for you. Freedom is never free and there are those who continue to put their lives on the line every minute of every day so that you can have a day off of work, you can go on a picnic, and you can enjoy the first weekend of summer.