Memorial Day Is Not About The Barbecues




Today is Memorial Day, and if you are like our family, you are probably going to a barbecue or using the extra day off to full advantage in some other way.  And I truly hope you have a wonderful, fun-filled day, but at the same time, I hope you take a minute to think about Memorial Day a little more deeply too.  Because the thing is...Memorial Day is not about barbecues.

Memorial Day is a day to remember and show gratitude to those who have died in defense of our country.  It's a day to remember the fallen, those who have died.  I think we overlook this a lot, because Memorial Day has largely become a party holiday, the kick-off to summer, etc.  But we have this day off, because we live in this country that is free.  And we live in freedom in this country because men have died to protect it.  Most of us will never be called upon to sacrifice in that way, and the reason we won't is because others have already sacrificed for us.  These men and women gave everything they had for people they would never meet, out of love, and duty, and honor, for God and country and freedom.  And the only reason we can go to parties and pools today in freedom is because of them.



We took a trip to our military cemetery with the kids the other week, to visit the graves of my grandfather and great-great-grandfather.  And we looked around at all those graves, many of men who died while fighting for our country, and I explained to my kids that many soldiers have died to make us free.  I'm so glad we did it, because while we celebrate in some ways today, this is a solemn day.  I don't want my kids to grow up thinking it's just about barbecues.



Full thoughts on Tommy Nelson today...and I hope you take a little time today to thank God for our freedom in America, and for those who have died to keep it for us.


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