Reflections on Memorial Day by Marti Fischer
This weekend as many of us here in America celebrate our brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, let us together stand on the shoulders of their sacrifice and sing in praise of their noble history. Listen to their lives speak loudly from the rows of monuments on green hillsides, asking us to face the darkness today and be alert with our own drawn sword. “For the love of justice,” they whisper, “do the same.”
We can do nothing less.
The invasion has long been underway. Armed with the sword of life, we too climb into transports everyday. We are dropped into vital areas everywhere, always leaving a part of ourselves behind on every battlefield. This is because larger forces are at work here, and therefore the will of Christ Jesus, our Lord, is that we obey.
Without these soldiers – the men and women at peace, now asleep – there would be no understanding among our current generation of what it is to stand up against the enemy, take beatings without a whimper, and accept triumphs without boasting. These are men and women who went, and would go again, to hell and back, to preserve what is right, and what is just.
We can do nothing less.
We as Christians have so much more to do today than just salute our fallen. They are not only our heroes. They are our role models. They walked the walk in history that Christ has asked us to walk, spiritually, everyday such as:
- Fighting the fire that roars through our human house. The degree to which we are not aware of this, is the degree to which we are losing.
- Regardless of how we arrive at a crisis point, do the right thing for the right reasons.
- Learn to “help a buddy.”
- Every soldier probably complained about the war they fought, found fault with a superior, and muttered about the duty. Universally, however, strangers are quickly friends who come alongside, and always show up when needed.
- Today we fight against opposing forces of greater strength and numbers, and yet He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.
- There is no such thing as a tiny or insignificant conflict.
- The service of those we honor is rarely viewed as a stepping stone to something “greater,” nor is it for us.
- Most are volunteers who, by choice, found honor in others.
These are our fallen heroes – dark horses every one – and they died heading straight for the enemy camp. We, as Catch citizens and fellow believers can do nothing less.