Thomas Jefferson once asked, “Can the liberties of a nation be secure, when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”
Since the days of the Civil War, Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those men and women who have continued to give their lives in our nation’s service. It is a day to remember, reflect, and honor those who have given their all in service to their country. May they also not have died in vain.
Notice that great leaders of the past did not forget to Whom they owed the liberties they enjoyed and neither should we. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” “My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee we sing: Land where our fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountain side let freedom ring! Our father’s God to Thee, Author of Liberty, to Thee we sing: Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light, protect us by Thy might, Great God our King!”
As we have honored those who have given their lives for their country and the freedoms this nation has enjoyed, let us not forget to honor our God Who allowed His Son to give His life on the cross that we may enjoy the spiritual liberties He gives.
Prayer: Lord, keep us making right decisions to walk in liberty. You’ve given us Your Spirit of love, power, and self-discipline...