Let’s Not Forget

22 May

This Memorial Day I honor a special group of people, many of whom never knew me but have made all the difference in my life. I know Memorial Day began after the Civil War to honor those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom and preserving the United States of America. Since then, the observance has expanded to honor all who have served and died and even those who served our country out of the boundaries of the military. Not all battles are fought with bullets and bombs.

As I researched my family tree, I found ministers on both sides—even circuit rider preachers. I mentioned my discovery to my grandmother when she was still alive. She told me she prays every morning before getting out of bed, thanking God for another day and asking Him to move in the hearts of her children, grandchildren, and beyond.

A battle rages for the souls in our nation. I know how fierce it can be through my own struggles. Even after putting my trust in Jesus, my soul’s enemy continues his efforts to take me out. If not on any other day of the year, on Memorial Day I remember those who fought in this battle and who prayed not only for their own needs, but also for those who would come after them. I acknowledge I am where I am in the Lord today because of those prayers. I told Grandma the prayer chain would remain unbroken as I promised to pick up the standard and pray for my aunts and uncles, cousins, and descendants.

Will you join me in this prayer? That our citizenship in God’s kingdom become more real in our lives so it becomes obvious to those around us. That others see it as it truly is: God’s grace, mercy, love, and His righteousness. That less of us is seen and more of Him. That any who may come against us are doing so because they hate Jesus, not our imperfect representation of Him. That others will hunger and thirst for the same grace for themselves—starting first in our family and reaching out to all we contact and pray for. That this and every Memorial Day would fill our hearts with gratitude for the battles fought and won for us, especially the one 2000 plus years ago on a hill called Golgotha or Calvary.

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