United and Free

Happy Memorial Day. As a kid, this day meant no school, summer was almost here, warmer weather, and having to get up early for the parade so I could march as a good Girl Scout. I remember jumping the first time I heard the gun salute to the fallen soliders as we stood in that eerily quiet cemetery.

Over the years, my understanding​ and reverence for this day has deepened. When we traveled internationally to adopt our son, I will never forget the young male working at the airport who told my son how lucky he was to be going to America or the welcoming sense of home I felt as I walked off the plane onto American land once again.

Yesterday, in church the pastor spoke of the sense of united. The great thing about America is the sense of being united to others. There is a feeling of belonging to something greater than yourself. 

Being a part of the body of Christ is like this, too. We belong to a body of believers. We may not always agree on everything, but we should be united by our love of Christ. 

Freedom is never free. It has come with a cost. The countless number of soliders who gave their lives so we could be free…

Christ who endured suffering on the cross for our freedom from the enslavement of sin…

This Memorial Day, enjoy your cook outs, the lake, your friends and family, but please pause for a moment to return gratitude for those who sacrificed so we can be free and united together.

And remember the One who gave the Ultimate sacrifice. His love runs deep for you.