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Commemorate or Celebrate?

Posted on May 26th, 2017.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am fiercely patriotic. The scars I bear on my body give me the freedom to stand up for the country I proudly served.

War will have one of two consequences. Scars or death. No one survives war without scars, whether internal or external. You can’t go through such an experience and not be affected. However, I am grateful that those “scars” don’t have to become a crutch or a label for the rest of your life.

For others, unfortunately, death is price paid so that we may enjoy freedom. It never gets easier to think about. It never gets easier for the families left behind to pick up the pieces. There is a void in the hearts of loved ones that will last forever.

Memorial Day is right around the corner. It is a day we remember those who paid the ultimate price while serving in the armed forces. I believe, if they could give us one final piece of advice, they would tell us to enjoy the day. Be mindful of their sacrifice, but enjoy the friends and family gathered at the city park and in the backyard. Enjoy a time to eat burgers and hot dogs cooked on the grill, to laugh and play, to tickle the kids and to go to bed exhausted. They would not want their sacrifice to end at the grave.

I know this because I see the ultimate sacrifice Christ made for us. He too wants us to live life to the fullest. He wants us to be mindful and remember His sacrifice that bought our freedom. But He also wants us to live in the freedom He purchased.

Let’s live our lives to honor the sacrifice Christ made.
Let’s live each day to honor the price paid by each service member who paid the ultimate sacrifice.




For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

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