Memorial weekend came and passed in its annual manner and with it our thoughts, memories, and gratitude were, and will continue to be, extended to every person, known to us personally or not, that sacrificed for our freedom as United States citizens. The very traditions that we get to participate in over this weekend exist primarily because of those who gave up their rights for ours. They, along with the veterans they fought along side, are the very reason our country exists, our opinions matter, our luxuries remain lush, and our freedoms abound. Words cannot express what these individuals mean to all of us.
Memorial weekend is a truly memorial time for me personally. Not only because of its national purpose but because on Memorial Day of 1996 my sixteen year old brother lost his life in an automobile accident. As devastating as that day was, God in His faithful and loving compassion redeemed this weekend for me as my third son was born on Memorial Day of 2004. As a result of these two moments of time, it is very difficult for this weekend to ever slip by without my taking a few minutes to truly consider my life, my country, my family, and most of all, my Savior.
John 15:13 tells us that “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” This, again, is the very thing that the amazing members of the United States military has and continues to do for its citizens. However, there is One who took on this burden for all mankind, from the beginning to this present time. This One stepped out of something beyond the English languages ability to describe, and into the dusty dirty sin-filled world we live in every day. This One became one of us in the most humble of ways with the sole purpose of laying down His life that others might live.
This is why the first two words of Hebrews 12:3 stand out to me. “Consider him…” These words are my reminder to remember. To think again about the One who carried the greatest task known to man and paid the ultimate price. To humbly reflect upon Him who gave His life, a Holy and sovereign life, for the lives of sinful human beings. He “…endured such opposition from sinful men, so that [we] will not grow weary and lose heart.”
As we move beyond Memorial weekend, keep remembering. Remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for this incredible nation that we call home. Remember your loved ones passed. Those who shared life with you and whose time may have come too soon. Most of all, remember and consider the One whose death provided you with life and whom now lives, seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for every son and daughter of the Most High God (Rom. 8:34).
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