“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
This Memorial Day has been a time of pretty heavy reflection for me. I’m overwhelmed as I contemplate the courageous sacrifice of the many men and women who have given their lives in defense of this “land of the free and home of the brave.”
In the midst of my appreciation and gratitude I can’t help but wonder how some of them might feel about the direction freedom is taking in our nation today. Little by little, it seems that our freedoms that were bought at so great an expense are in danger of slipping away. Is what we see happening in America today what they died to preserve? George Washington once said, “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” I wonder what he would say today.
Charles C. Colton has spoken this bit of wisdom. ”Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.”
These men and women we honor on this day, have earned our freedom for us. They ARE the brave. We are the free. For now.
Silence is not golden. It’s destructive. My prayer is that this generation will rise up, standing and speaking in defense of all that these men and women fought and gave their lives for, that they may not have died in vain. All gave some. Some gave all. What will we give?
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” (Proverbs 11:14)
This citizen of the land of the free is thanking the brave for their costly gift today! That’s the view from here . . .