I love that Americans set aside a special day during the year – Memorial Day – to ensure we honor and remember those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I think many, if not most, very much desire to somehow commemorate this day and pay our respects and gratitude to those who’ve fought so valiantly and selflessly for our freedom.
While there’s a number of things any of us can do for the loved ones who’ve lost someone in battle – send cards, make phone calls, pay visits, go to Memorial Day parades, etc. – there’s absolutely one thing we can all do. Something that costs nothing but our time yet may just offer the most powerful impact:
My husband was part of a two-man team in Afghanistan in 2009. His teammate, Chris, was killed by an IED. When Aaron lost his teammate, I think the only thing we could do that would offer him some consolation was prayer – sincere, heartfelt, humble prayers.
Chris’s family has since started an absolutely incredible organization in his memory – Catch A Lift – which helps provide post 9/11 combat veterans with mental and physical rehabilitation through physical fitness. While they’ve come so far and have done so much in Chris’s honor by helping thousands of veterans nationwide, I know they still grieve his loss of life, and I’m certain they, along with other families who’ve lost servicemen and women, covet our prayers.
So, if you and your family are looking for something proactive, productive, and meaningful to do this Memorial Day, consider taking a few moments to pray.
Here are some prayer points:
- For God to bring complete healing and comfort to the families who’ve lost someone in service to our country
- For the families to find joy in the midst of sorrow and lost
- For the families to turn their loss into gain by being able to build relationships with others
- For those who are currently serving and those who are considering serving – that God would give them protection and that He would help them, as well as their families, to live in confidence rather than in fear
- Gratitude for those who’ve been willing to give their lives for the cause of freedom
- For God to reveal to you and your family how you can tangibly offer love and comfort to those who are grieving loss
We often forget that, when we pray, we are enlisting the most Supreme Power in the universe; we are calling upon the Creator – the Almighty God, who Himself is no stranger to wars and battles against darkness; the One who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might forever live in freedom; the Author and Giver of Life; the One who gave His life so that we might enjoy life. I’m certain our prayers can make an impact, and I’m certain that if I had lost my spouse, child, parent, sibling, or other close relative in battle, I’d be honored that you sacrificed a few moments out of your day to pray and remember the sacrifice of my loved one.
While Memorial Day is certainly a solemn day, it’s also a day of celebration – a day that reminds us to celebrate the freedom and rights that we have because of the sacrifice of others – a sacrifice so many of us have not had to make. If you’re looking for a patriotic sweet treat to make as you gather with family and friends to honor Memorial Day, give one of these a try!
Blessings to you and your family on this special day!