Reflections on Memorial Day

Greater Love has no one than this...

As we went through our worship gatherings on May 28, starting with the solemn video depicting grave after grave of service men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, I was filled with gratitude for the past and concern for the future.
When I think about it, not only am I grateful for today's service members who would willingly put their lives on the line in the face of conflict, I am also concerned about my perception that our nation may lack the collective will to make sacrifices for the good of our country on the scale required in WWII.
To put it another way, we have more people than ever who won’t even sacrifice for themselves let alone someone else they don’t know!
I have said on many occasions that we haven’t really found something to live for until we have found something we would die for.

  • For Jesus, it’s YOU (people)
  • For us, it’s Jesus (and the people he died to reach)
  • BUT . . . I believe it’s also our country because countries, are like churches in that both are PEOPLE we are called to love!
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:12–13 (NIV)
I don’t think we want to live in a society where everyone lives for themselves and merely tolerates others.
Come to think of it, it’s kinda what we have in our country right now, and why the contrast  Good News we offer as a church is so appealing!

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