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“Many have been there. Your grandfather, parents, perhaps aunts, uncles, cousins, sons and daughters – they were there. They saw friends killed by the enemy. It changed them. To see people die is a horrific thing.
“Nothing can erase that from your mind. No one can understand it fully unless you have been there. I have not been there, but I have heard the stories.
“They knew that it was inevitable that some would die. In every war, some have died. One a day like today, we honor those who have died standing up for others. Perhaps you know people who know people who died in wars. Maybe you know people who died. We grieve with you as you grieve with us. Wars are horrific. In every war, some have died.
“Think today about the current wars and the next ones.
“There will be more of this: more killing and more people we know who know people who will give their lives as an ultimate sacrifice. It will not end for a long time. We don’t know how long, and we don’t know how many more will die. It is heartbreaking and depressing.
“What is our hope? In every war, some have died, except in one war. In that war, only One died. His Father watched him die. He died, so that those who believe would have life, the life that is eternal. All who believe have life, even after death.
“He is our only hope for ending all wars. How will he do it and when? We don’t know. In the meantime, we have to live as followers of Him and think deep thoughts about overt and hidden wars, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear arms and conflict.
“Today, on this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and honor those who have died in all the wars to protect us, and we remember the One who have His life to end all wars.
“To those of you who watched them die, I want to say we are thankful that you are still here. Don’t let us forget your friends.” – Author Unknown
Remember well this day those who no longer walk among us.
PRAYER: Thank you, Prince of Peace, for those who also stand watch over us and protect us. Thank you for their courage and their sacrifice, and we pray you comfort all who have loved them and lost them. Thank you for ultimately winning the war against war and we long to see that become reality. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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