Memorial Day 2020


For Christians, the day serves as a vivid reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that was paid for our spiritual freedom- that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, willingly bore our sins on the cross so that all who believe in Him might be reconciled to Him and have eternal life.
This Memorial Day as we remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, let us reflect on the following verses.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”- John 15:13
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him” -John 3:16-17
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you.” – Joshua 1:9
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4
“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” -Timothy 2:3
“Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”- John 14:1-3
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are grateful for the ultimate price of freedom paid by those fallen. As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms, we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.
We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes and protection of their children. We pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives.
May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord’s mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
~ Jane White –
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”~ Billy Graham
Kurt Kowalk

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