This day, Memorial Day, I hope we all will at least take a few minutes to think about the sacrifices made so that we can be free. Men and Women that gave up so much because they believed in what America stands for of speech, freedom of choice, and the freedom of religion – to worship without the fear of retaliation. I look at the world today and I am so sad for all the veterans, whether they actually fought in a war or enlisted because they believed they could make a difference. I am sad because we have a president that has spit in their faces, a country that doesn’t want our flag that represents the free and the home of the brave. Younger generations don’t even know where those words come from because a few people want to change our history. Take away our freedom of speech, of choice and the freedom to worship our God. To be a Christian is now to be an enemy. This is a country founded on God’s Word even though this world is trying (and apparently doing a pretty good job of it) to convince us that it wasn’t. I’ve been to D.C. and I’ve seen the old buildings of marble and stone that have scripture engraved in them. Now we are expected to give up all of our rights to people who hate us, that want all America has to give but really don’t want to give back to America. It saddens me to think of all of the deaths, all of the suffering and all the families left behind with sacrifices made and younger generations that don’t know, don’t care and have become selfish. The Bible says –
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
That is the only way we will get through this world, this mess it has become, to accept the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross and change the direction of your life. I’m not sure this country can be turned around but I am sure that when we accept Christ and what He did, there will be healing in our own hearts. There will be eternal life in a world where we are all equal in Christ, where there is no more pain and no more tears. I dream of that day and can’t even comprehend what it will be like. Heaven!
So, today, remember the soldiers and the veterans and their families who sacrifice and have sacrificed so much. And remember the sacrifice that was made so we can live through Jesus Christ our Savior.
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.