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"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done." 1 Chronicles 16:7-9

Another Memorial Day has come and gone, and with that, summer has officially begun with numerous barbecues, parties, trips to the lake, and other fun activities. It strikes me as unfortunate that many Americans choose to pay homage to those who have fought wars throughout our history by popping the top of a Coors Light. I suppose on some level that they are celebrating the freedom that those men and women fought for, but somehow, I don't think that really does justice to what has been given. There is probably a more appropriate way to say thank you to our veterans.

In many ways, we give thanks to the ultimate soldier who battled for our spiritual freedom in the same way. Jesus Christ made the biggest sacrifice possible for all of us, so that we may have everlasting life with him, and I don't believe that any of us honor that in the way we should.

When I think of "World War", it has a slightly different meaning to me. It is the war against the forces of the world, and against Satan's power here. Thanks to the sacrifice that Jesus has already made, we know that we remain free in Him, throughout all eternity.

As I drove through a park on Memorial Day, I saw flags posted along the road, with crosses bearing the names of fallen soldiers, and where and how they served. I thought this was a very dignified, and fitting tribute. As Christians, we should treat every day as a Memorial Day, and give thanks for our Savior, and the battle that he has already fought and won! Show the world your flag and Cross, and tell them how Jesus Christ has fought for all of us.

"Dear Jesus - Thank you for winning the battle for our souls. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for us. Help us to show you how much it means, each and every day!" - Amen

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