This is Memorial Day weekend. What was once a solemn time of remembering those who gave their lives for our freedoms we enjoy has been reduced to a marketing haven. There are also many parties as it is seen as the official start of BBQ season. WHAT HAPPENED. Have we forgotten the blood that was shed so we can enjoy the time we have been given? Have we forgotten that relative who died in Gettysburg, Tripoli, Normandy, Remagen, France, Vietnam, Korea, Mosul, etc?
What many people do is recognize living veterans and say thank you. The truth is, do not thank a veteran but thank the person who lost someone in the wars. We remember their sacrifice but we thank the parent, the child, the grandparent for giving of their child’s, father’s, mother’s, sister’s, brother’s (I am sure you get it now) sacrifice as the individual made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Who do we thank for our salvation? Jesus ? God? Mary? The invisible spirit who is ever present reminds us that even though they are physically gone, their memory lives on as we we remember and give thanks for the ultimate sacrifice for our eternal soul.
Before you go out for that sale or big party, take some time for personal reflection of those who came before us. Do not thank a veteran unless it is known that they have family who made the sacrifice. Give of yourself for the furtherance of the Kingdom.
Have a great weekend, God Bless