Memories from Around the Table

John 15:12-13

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Thought for the Day:  Pray for those serving in the military

Memorial Day, a special day given to us each year to remember so many who served our country.  About 18 years ago, not long after my husband and I were married, we invited several older couples from our church over for dessert after our Sunday evening service.  His parents were in town so we thought that would be the perfect time for us to have these friends over.  As happens during these times, the women congregated in the kitchen and the men found their places around the dining room table.  I enjoyed listening to the women as they shared with me about the church and about the new town I had moved to.  My husband sat with the men taking in all of their words.  After a few minutes, the conversation changed and Mark found that he was in the midst of a group of World War II Veterans, including his Dad.  Mark had never heard his dad talk about the war except when he explained his duties and rank, and never pushed him to talk about it.  But, when his dad and this group of Veterans began talking, Mark heard stories about their experiences in the war.  As he listened, he began hearing his dad share stories from that time that were heartbreaking as well as from the others.  He also heard stories from that war time that were enjoyable and this group laughed as they remembered those times.  That evening, as that impromptu dessert time happened, a group of Veterans who had similar experiences of war were put together and with laughter and tears shared those stories together.  That evening enlightened that son on his dad’s memories of war and brought us both great admiration for the Veterans sitting around the table as well as all who have served our country.

Today, as I remember that evening, I am more thankful and have more admiration for those men and women who have and are serving in the military.  That evening was “Memorial Day” for those Veterans who sat around that table as they shared their memories of war days.  Today is Memorial Day as we, my husband and I, remember those special men who gave us a glimpse of what really happened to them in wartime.  They are a special group of people and we should remember them with great respect and love.

Prayer:   God, thank you for the men and women who have served our country in the past and who are serving today.   Thank you for their service in helping to bring freedom to our country.  Be with those serving today as they continue the work of so many who have gone before.  Help us, God, to appreciate them more and to show our love and respect to them.  Amen.

Prayer Focus: Memorial Day

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