He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. – 2 Corinthians 1:4
Memorial Day was instituted as a day to honor military men and women who fell in service to our country. More recently, that meaning has been somewhat diminished as we have begun remembering all deceased loved ones on this day. During these times, while many of America’s sons, daughters, mothers and fathers, are far from home and in harms way, it is important that we renew our commitment to support of both those serving and the families of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Let’s join together today in two desperate prayers. One for all those serving in each branch of the military, that they may be safe and cognizant that we hold them in our hearts and thoughts. We especially, lift up those that are “missing”, whose situations are unknown – that are lost, alone or afraid. None are forgotten and all of them are appreciated and respected today and everyday until they are home again.
Secondly, we honor those that gave their lives for freedom from tyranny and fear, or in the protection of others. There is no higher honor we can bestow for such an unselfish act than our reverent remembrance. Yet, more importantly, let us pray for the families and friends of the fallen, those that are left behind with aching, empty holes in their hearts and lives, missing their loved ones who did not return home. We pray for comfort in their despair and weep with them in their grief. Most of us cannot know their pain, but we do know our God has felt their anguish and can mend their broken hearts sooth their souls.
We close out this month of focus on our communication with God, by turning away from ourselves and toward interceding for others. This seems a fitting doxology to our journey of seeking God’s will and love for us and His world.
Together, there is power in prayer. Remember – every day – and pray.