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Memorial Day 2017

John 15:13

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


Arlington Cemetery

Today is Memorial Day 2017. It is a day we remember those who gave the greatest sacrifice – those who gave their lives for our nation – for our freedoms. It is a day that we remember that freedom is not free. Pictures of Arlington Cemetery reminds us of the number of folks who have served and died. It is an amazing experience to visit one of our veteran’s cemetery’s.

I use to walk to and from school past the Annapolis Veteran’s Cemetery and would often say a prayer of thanks for those who have served and died. I remember a few years ago attending a service for my cousin who served in Viet Nam and most likely died of something he was exposed to in Nam. He didn’t die in Nam but may well have died early because of Nam. Not all veteran’s died during war time – but they all were exposed to life and death as they served our nation.

Annapolis Veteran's Cemetery

Annapolis Veteran’s Cemetery

Thank you to all who have served and all who gave their all for their nation (and their families). Of course – the greatest love shown – was by Christ laying His life down for us – for all. Having said that – I often see this passage – John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends – speaking to my heart about those who have died serving their fellow Americans.

Memorial Day 2015I know that Veteran’s Day is for all service men and women and that Memorial Day is for those who died serving their country – but – I try to remember all service persons on both days. I also don’t have a problem expressing my patriotic beliefs as a Christian. I am a Christian first – but I am also an American and proud of it (most of the time).

Here are some YouTube videos to watch to help us remember.  The first two are two of my favorite patriotic songs – Lee Greenwood singing God Bless the U.S.A.

The second is a great rendition of God Bless America during a baseball game by Generald Wilson.

The rest are just some nice patriotic videos.

Something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

May 29, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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