When You Celebrate, Don't Forget...

...the fathers & mothers,
sons & daughters,
brothers & sisters,
uncles & aunts,
cousins & grandparents,
who sacrificed their lives,

so that,

we can celebrate this special day
Memorial Day

with all our family members.

The cost of freedom is not free.

"Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer...It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868..."
~ quote found on: History.com

Many willingly, lovingly and proudly gave up the their lives, their hopes and dreams,
so that you and your family can live out theirs.

Many willingly, lovingly and proudly gave up their family members,
so that you wouldn't have to give up yours.

So, when you celebrate today; when you and your children enjoy this 3-day weekend, don't forget to remind yourself and everyone you're celebrating with, why you have the freedom and joy of celebrating this day together. Don't forget to remind yourself and those you're with why you're all able to safely pray, worship, read your Bibles, laugh and eat together. Don't forget those men and women who gave up their lives so that you could. Don't forget those men and women who gave up their family members so that you could. Don't forget that while you're celebrating today, some are weeping.

Don't forget...

the example that was set for us to sacrifice our lives for the sake of others, was established for us almost 2,000 years ago, when the most awesome and perfect sacrifice was made.

When you celebrate today, don't forget...

That without Jesus Christ, you will never have true freedom.

The freedom to worship the LORD God Almighty because you are no longer considered His enemy.

The freedom to no longer be enslaved to your sin nature and the power of Satan, because Jesus crucified your sins in His body on the Cross at Calvary and defeated the devil and his power over us.

The freedom from suffering the second death, which is eternal damnation in Hell for all those who have not repented and trusted in Christ; the one and only Savior for all mankind.

Don't forget to thank God for the greatest sacrifice known in all the earth. Don't forget to thank God for every sacrifice made in the past and even today, so that you may enjoy your freedom.

And don't forget to pray for all the men, women and their families who are missing one another today, because another war has separated them so they can not enjoy what you are enjoying today...

peace and rest.