I took this picture at a national cemetery a few weeks ago. We attended the memorial service of our friend, Carolyn. It’s a breathtaking view, row upon row of white stones perched on a hill overlooking the ocean.
The service did not last very long. Half hour at the most. We did not have a chance to linger because there was another memorial service right after hers, that of a young soldier who died in Afghanistan. Another white gravestone will be added. When you see the sheer number of these gravestones, each representing a soldier who died for our country, well, suddenly Memorial Day is not just a day to barbeque and get the day off from work. These people – that young man – died. For me.
How do we honor the memory of this young soldier and the countless others who came before him and the ones who will come after him? To never forget the sacrifices these soldiers made for us. They died so we can be free.
As we remember our soldiers the casualties of war, let us not forget Another who also sacrificed for us. Another casualty of war, albeit a spiritual one.
How do we honor His sacrifice? My ESV study bible: The implication is that the person who fears the Lord and attends to his commandments has God’s own moral traits reflected in his character. This is the goal of redemption, to renew the image of God in human beings. Psalm 111, in stressing God’s mighty deeds of redemption for his people, focuses on the “big story” for the whole people; Psalm 112, in stressing “wisdom,” encourages each member of God’s people in a day-to-day walk, a “little story,” that contributes to the big story of the whole people.
How are you honoring His sacrifice and contributing to His big story?
I love the LORD, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
(Psalm 116:1-2 ESV)
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]