Memorial Day Musings

I stand in awe of the incredible bravery shown by our military people over the years. And I am deeply grateful both to them and to their families for paying such a great price on behalf of the rest of us, not only in this country bur around the globe.

I am, however, deeply saddened that the world’s political leaders — including our own — seem to know so little about resolving differences without violence. Our service men and women deserve medals, all of them, while our political leaders deserve a motherly scolding.

As I watched our annual Memorial Day Concert from DC this evening, I kept thinking how it must break the Lord’s heart to see his people killing one another by the thousands and tens of thousands. . .and at times even by the millions.

Aside from being proud of our service people, there is one thing I’m especially proud of in America’s story: Britain, Germany, and Japan — once our fierce enemies in war — are now our very close friends. The willingness to forgive and forget and even aid our former enemies speaks well of the American character.  But that the friendship has had to grown out of violent enmity is sad and humbling. Out of the mud grows the lotus, goes the old saying. It’s too bad we don’t know how to stay out of the mud. . .and stick to growing roses.

Those optimistic humanists who believe we are engaged in perfecting the human race seem not to recognize that any possible grounds for such optimism were burned up in the ovens at Auschwitz and exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We live and flourish not by our own virtue but by the grace of God

Our response to that grace must be and can only be to say thank you and to get about the business of loving God with heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving one another. Gratitude and love are more essential to a happy life than food, water, and air. Without food, water, and air our lives are shortened a bit. Without gratitude and love, what value is there in living longer?

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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