Yesterday we celebrated Memorial Day. It is a day where we are to remember those who have given their lives to preserve the freedoms to which we enjoy today.
I often look at my children and wonder what path in life the Lord will lead them down. And then, with my mamma heart, I cringe at the thought that the path in which they go down will ever bring them pain or suffering or danger. I always think of the sacrifice of life for the individual who gave it, but I also think of the parents and families who watched their loved ones leave, never knowing if they would return.
My heart breaks for the parents and spouses of those who have died for our freedom. As a mother and wife, I can’t imagine what they go through knowing that it was their loved one’s choice (now days) to go and face an enemy who threatens our way of life.
Our way of life… Would you give up your life to protect the people around you and their freedoms? What about the people that are as unpatriotic as can be? Would you sacrifice your life for someone who doesn’t appreciate your sacrifice? Could you lose your life for someone who would just as well spit on your grave?
I am in no way saying that soldiers are equal to Jesus. I am saying that when I think of the sacrifice that Jesus gave for us, I can see the heart of Christ behind the sacrifice of self for others. Romans 5:7-11 gives us such a beautiful picture of the sacrifice and love of Christ.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
Yesterday, we were very excited that my husband was able to stay home for an extra day. We spent a “family day” bowling and hanging out with just our children. I love these holidays where we have just a little more time to spend together. I feel selfish sometimes about being so happy together as a family on a day where someone is mourning the loss of a loved one. I am so incredibly grateful for their loved one’s sacrifice so that I have the freedom to spend the day with my family without fear of what will happen at any moment like so many others do.
Let us remember the sacrifice of others as we go about our days, not just on these special holidays of remembrance. Let us remember everyday that Jesus sacrificed himself so that we can walk in freedom everyday, no matter who we are or where we live. Your physical freedom may not happen on this earth, but you have an eternity of freedom in Christ.
Have a blessed week!