This Memorial Day, Let’s Not Forget
Sometimes you can have it so good for so long that you take it all for granted. So as I was thinking about the upcoming Memorial Day, I felt such a concern for America and the freedoms we currently enjoy. Yesterday, for example, some of my friends and I were talking about what we plan to do this Memorial Day weekend. All of the conversation centered around big family and social gatherings they had planned. Nothing was said of the occasion for the holiday.
Of course, there was nothing wrong with the plans that were voiced. I truly thank God for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. But I am concerned that each year freedom continues to reign, it can become increasingly easier for us to take our freedoms for granted. Against the backdrop of this thought, it is sobering to think on the staggering costs of defending these freedoms even during the current generation: the ugliness of war, tens of thousands of dead service men and women, the deaths of innocent civilians, and tens of thousands of survivors who will never be the same after their selfless service, not to mention the untold grief to their loved ones.
The irony of it all is that--oftentimes--the less we have of those things we value, the more we appreciate the little we have but the more plenteous they are, the less the appreciation. For instance, if the loss of our freedoms were gravely imminent, we would treasure each additional day we managed to hold onto them. But that’s not where we are. Freedom is the order of the day for us. And I submit to you that because of that we should be just as appreciative, actually even more appreciative. What a blessing it is to live in such a free society!
So while we enjoy the fruits of the sacrifice of our fallen defenders of freedom, let’s not forget what it has cost and is costing us. As I am sure many of you do, I wish war was not a reality and necessity, but it is. And I believe it is a good thing for us to take some time to honor the lives of those who over the years have risen to the occasion and who have died to defend what we enjoy. Finally, to those of us who are people of faith, let us pray daily for the safety of our troops and our nation. For God is the ultimate provider of our peace and freedom.