Memorial Day is a hollowed day in the United States of America. On the last Monday of May, we honor the memory of the individuals who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military and fighting for our freedom. In 1868, historians have pinpointed the original observance of this holiday as a Decoration Day after the American Civil War. It was a day set aside to decorate the graves of the deceased soldiers with beautiful flower arrangements.
Today, I am grateful for all those who have served in the Armed Forces of America. I am thankful for those who have fought in combat, for those who have traveled overseas, for those who have been wounded, for those in administrative positions, for those struggling with loneliness during their service, for those battling illnesses from their service, for those who have be critically injured, for those piloting the aircrafts, for those steering the submarines, for those who have been tortured, for those who have witnessed their comrades die, for the medical staff mending the wounds, and for each soldier who has sacrificed their life so I could enjoy the wonderful liberties of an American citizen. I will never forget the sacrificial love of each soldier. Thank you for your service!
Each soldier reminds me of the words of Jesus Christ in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Every Memorial Day I am not only reminded of the sacrifice of the soldiers in the American infantry, but I’m also reminded of the greatest sacrifice our world has ever observed when Jesus Christ demonstrated His marvelous, compassionate, lovingkindness towards mankind by dying on the cross of Calvary.
Today, I am eternally grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrificial love towards me. I am thankful for Christ dying on the cross for my sins. I am thankful for Christ’s blood that has covered all my sins. I am thankful for Christ’s body that was broken for me. I am thankful that Christ conquered death, hell and the grave by His glorious resurrection. I am thankful that Christ has forgiven me of my sins and bestowed upon me eternal life. I am thankful that heaven is now my eternal home. I am thankful for the sinless, spotless, sacrificial Lamb of God who can radically transform lives today.
From the great lakes of Minnesota to the rolling hills of Tennessee. From the great plains of Texas, and from sea to shining sea. From the city of Detroit down to Houston, and from New York to L.A. It’s time that we courageously stand and compassionately say: I am thankful to be a Christian where at least I know I’m eternally free. I will never forget the Christ who died and gave that right to me! I will gladly stand up and defend His Word still today because there is no doubt I love the Lord. May God richly bless the United States of America!