Pool parties. Barbecues with friends and family. Graduations. Long hot days and warm evenings. The sound of children laughing and playing. All of these can mean only one thing...summer is finally here! In the midst of all of the excitement of the fast approaching favorite (for most, anyway) of all seasons let us not forget a very important reason we are able to enjoy all of the aforementioned activities-the sacrificial service of our military members. Yes, Memorial Day is a day for barbecues and parties, but it is more a day to pause, reflect and remain grateful for our men and women who have worn and wear the uniform.
This past Wednesday the word that went forth in midweek service was "Possessing the Promise." Of course it was in reference to the children of Israel entering the Promised Land, but it also has application here. Think about those that have served and are serving in the military. They are willing to fight and die to ensure this land forever remains the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is a promise to protect us and keep us free from all enemies. They possess this promise through their bravery and self-sacrifice. We live in the greatest country in the world, and it is in large part due to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. As we see the evil of terrorism continue to rear its ugly head as it did just this past week in Manchester, we see the need for military might and protection is greater than ever. So this Memorial Day, in the midst of whatever activity you find yourself involved, please take a moment to say a prayer of thanksgiving for our service members, past, present and future. After all, some made the ultimate sacrifice for us and for our country.
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." - John 15:13
To our veterans and our active duty service members- we salute you! Thank you for your service. It is because of you we can possess the promise - the promise of freedom.