Memorial Day

Since September 1st, 2013 (the day Trey went to be with the Lord) it is interesting how I approach special occasion days. Every special day we set aside, for whatever reason, carries a new weight. I tend to reflect more and think about things a little more deeply, rather than just let the holiday come and go. In the past, although there were definitely special times I had during the holidays, I just don’t feel I was reflective enough or intentional with my time. That’s all changed now. I’m definitely trying to make the most of my time.

Today is Memorial Day and I am ever mindful of men and women who have given their lives for our country. I think of women who have had to live without their husband, men without their wives, children without their dad or mom, and on and on…and my heart grieves for those families. This particular day reminds me that our world is so broken. We fight and defend and have wars because we are not a world at peace. Our world is selfish and sinful and will never be right until the rightful King, Jesus Christ, comes back to set it all straight. With every death, heartache, and painful experience, let us remember that there is tremendous hope because of Christ. My prayer is that all the heartbroken people today will give their burdens to Jesus and allow Him to comfort their weary souls.

My grandfather and Emily’s grandfather both served our country well. They are both in the presence of Jesus now and I am grateful for that. I smile thinking of my son getting to know both of his great grand fathers in the present heaven. I can only imagine what they are all experiencing in the presence of Jesus Christ.

My heart is heavy today, but I’m asking the Lord for help. Help to reflect without falling into despair. Help to remember without losing hope. Help to grieve with joy. And my God is faithful and I know He will be strong in my weakness.

Today, remember this Christians:
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself (Philippians 3:20-21).”

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