Sheri Prescott, GFC South Tampa
On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives for our freedom. We consider that freedom isn’t free and we pause to thank the heroes who have lived the words of Jesus on our behalf, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” ~ John 15:13
To those like my husband, who have lost friends in combat, it’s a hard day. A day that he remembers friends like MSGT DrewMcKenna; a courageous battle buddy who fought shoulder to shoulder alongside my husband, giving his life for our freedom August 8th, 2015, in Afghanistan. On Memorial Day we talk about Drew, we thank his family, my husband remembers the good memories before the battle, and the passion they shared to protect America.
As followers of Jesus, we are reminded many times throughout scripture to set aside time (daily, weekly, monthly) to remember God’s deliverance, to be a living-memorial that reminds others of God’s faithfulness, and to remember the freedom we have in Christ.
“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.” ~ Deuteronomy 8:2
”I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.”~ Psalm 143:5
”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ~ Galatians 5:1
Would you join me this Memorial weekend in taking time to remember God’s faithfulness in your life? His deliverance. His promises. To remember when you were rescued by our Savior, finding freedom in Him. This would be a great opportunity to grab a journal, your husband, or a close friend and share these moments out loud or on paper. Setting up a “memorial of His faithfulness.”