Memorial Day Thoughts

IMG_9328This is Memorial Day weekend. Too many people think of it only as a holiday—not as a day to honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In our area many are upset because plans to have three days of nonstop recreation have been upset by the stormy weather. How sad so little appreciation is shown for those who paid with their lives that we can enjoy freedom.

Today mother and I placed flowers on family graves. It was such a joy to see the rows of flags decorating the entrances of the well-groomed cemeteries. Local civic organizations carefully put small flags on the graves of veterans. We saw volunteers decorating graves of people whose children are probably also buried in the cemetery in another plot. IMG_9360

Because my ancestors homesteaded on this area of the plains, many of my relatives are buried in small rural cemeteries. I learned much about my ancestors as Mother told family stories. One of the graves I visited was of a distant grandfather whose service in the Civil War is proudly etched into his gravestone. I wondered. Would I have had the courage to stand up for what I believed to be right in a war in those divisive times? Do I have the courage to stand up for my beliefs in today’s troubled world?

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:3

2 thoughts on “Memorial Day Thoughts

  1. Gordon Willhite

    Thanks for this post Sandee. It inspired me to write my own Memorial Day thoughts.

    1. Sandee Lee Post author

      Through the writing, may the Lord bring you new insight into how he wants you to serve him in your family, church, and community during the remainder of the time he has given you in this life. We need to reflect more often about how we have been affected by the lives of others and use that knowledge to influence people in our sphere of impact. Our time in this life is short.

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