On this Memorial Day set aside to remember and honor great sacrifices and horrific loss, I think of the unstoppable flow of tears shed over each battle-worn warrior over countless generations. We remember those wounded and those lives lost as well as those left behind to face a life of loneliness and struggle. We are an imperfect nation in an imperfect world yet men and women still choose to put their own lives on hold to fight for and defend our freedoms. For those trying to make sense of grief and loss, we pray for peace and comfort. We acknowledge not only those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but the sacrifice of those family members who have been left behind.
It seems our country has made a hard turn in a confusing and unfamiliar direction. Many of us hardly recognize the America we thought we knew. It is especially important in these times that we pray for those who fight to save, defend, heal and lead our nation.
Heavenly Father, we pray for those serving our nation around the world and for those in leadership over us. We pray for truth to be revealed. We pray for wisdom to be reborn. We pray for protection over the most vulnerable. And we ask for Your undeserved blessing on our nation as we pray for forgiveness and for the healing of our land.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
As we remember the ultimate sacrifice of our military warriors today, let’s remember the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who laid down His life for us that we might live.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil 2:8
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17