John 15:13 (New International Version)
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Memorial Day, for many, means the beginning of Summer. To others, it is a day off to shop. But, as I am sure you really know Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country.
The word “memorial” comes from the Latin Memorare which is in an imperative meaning: “Remember!” So, Memorial Day is “Remember! Day.”
This is a day to remember that there are men and women who have died so that you and I could live with greater security, justice and peace. May these fallen soldiers rest in Peace. We owe them a debt of gratitude and our prayers.
In a secondary sense we can also honor those today who currently serve in the military since they have placed their lives on the line for our security and peace.We will have a second opportunity to thank those who still live on Veterans Day.
God bless them all.
The Love of one’s country (Patriotism) is related to the fourth commandment.
It is the duty of citizens to contribute to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity.
Never forget the price others have paid for our freedom. Take tomorrow to remember and thank those families that have lost a loved one.
Dear Lord as we stop to celebrate our freedom and those that have given it to us help us also remember the freedom that You have given to us by laying down Your life on the cross and raising from the dead to save us from our sins. In Jesus’ name, Amen.