"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot." - Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
We will all have to face our own earthly death. Hopefully, it will be painless and we’ll be surrounded by the ones we love.
On this Memorial Day, we honor a particular season that many brave men and women have embarked upon, knowing that it could mean their own untimely death – a season of service and ultimate sacrifice.
We honor those brave men and women who gave up their own existence. They gave up their future, even the future of seeing another sunset or sunrise.
They died by public spectacle. They died in the woods, in the jungle, on beaches and in the compartments of ships, planes and tanks.
Some of us heard about it on the news or saw their face on a township lamppost. Others held them or stood by in anguish as medics could not succeed. Either way: we lived to see another sunrise and they did not.
These brave men and women knew there was a time to plant seeds, even if it meant that they might not live to bask in the shade of the trees that would grow from those seeds. Their dedication, their sacrifice, stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit.
As men of faith, we strive to emulate these values in our lives. The strength of these men and women was not just physical, but also spiritual. It is a strength that comes from conviction, from knowing one's purpose, and from the courage to act in service of that purpose, regardless of the cost.
Today, on this Memorial Day, let us honor the brave men and women who served our country with such valor and selflessness. Let their sacrifices inspire us to serve our communities, our churches, our families, and our nation with the same courage and dedication. In doing so, we pay the highest tribute to those who gave their all for our freedom. May their memories inspire us to live with purpose, strength, and honor in every season of our lives.
Daily Battle Order:
Every day is a new season in our lives, a new opportunity to serve, to grow, and to sacrifice for the greater good. Just as the men and women we honor today did, we too are called to step up and answer the call of our time.
Let us draw strength from their examples, and let us remember, that just as there is a time for every purpose under heaven, there is a purpose for every time. We each have a role to play in the grand scheme of God's plan, and it is up to us to find that role and to play it with all our heart and soul.