Beyond the Barbecue: A Meaningful Reflection on the Ultimate Sacrifices
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the long weekend and unintentionally miss the true meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is more than just a day off from work or a time to gather with friends and family for a cookout. It is a day to remember and honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in service to our country.
This year, let’s go beyond the surface-level celebrations and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.”
– Exodus 12:14 ESV
In Exodus 12:14, we read of the Lord’s call to days of remembrance. He commands His people to observe the Passover as a perpetual memorial, a time to remember and reflect on the deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt. The Lord understood the importance of remembering, of taking the time to reflect on the past and to learn from it.
Choose to honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in service to our country by reflecting on the past and learning from it.
As we remember those who have fallen in service to our country, let us also take the time to learn from their sacrifice. Let us remember the ideals for which they fought, the values that they upheld and the freedom that they defended.
Let us remember, not just today, but always. In doing so, we honor their memory and we ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain. We carry their legacy forward, and we continue to fight for the principles of liberty, justice and equality that they gave their lives to defend.
Today’s One Thing
Check with your community or church and attend a remembrance event. You can check with your local American Legion for local events honoring our fallen heroes. Remember we are all connected, that we all have a part to play in shaping the world around us, and that our actions can have a lasting impact on future generations.