Summary: A communion meditation or devotion for Memorial Day.
We are a privileged nation. So much has been given to us that we take many of our freedoms for granted. Most of our American citizens never take the time to ponder the reality that a high price was paid to obtain the freedoms that we enjoy.
Visit most any large cemetery and you will find the graves of those who have given their lives for our nation. In my hometown of Milledgeville, there is a 200-year-old cemetery called Memory Hill (where my dad is buried). In that cemetery are the burial sites of soldiers who fought and died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World Wars I and II , Korea and Vietnam and lesser known battles. It is humbling to walk among the graves and know that many gave their lives in service to our country. Other cemeteries I have been to, such as Arlington and Georgia National also bear witness to the sacrifice of many. And even today, soldiers are defending the cause of freedom as we continue the War on Terror. In fact, since 2001, the War on Terror has claimed 7,008 of our men and women soldiers, not counting civilians.
Needless to say, protecting our freedom has come at a great cost. President Franklin Roosevelt said: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ knew that we all have trouble remembering things, even important matters, so he gave the Lord’s Supper as a lasting memorial so that we might never forget his sacrifice for our spiritual freedom. He said: “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
On this Memorial Day weekend, may we never be guilty of forgetting those who gave all on behalf of our wonderful nation. We are free to worship our Savior this Sunday because of those who sacrificed their lives that we might enjoy this weekly privilege. I’m humbled by their sacrifice. I hope you are too.