May 25, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  Memorial Day 2020 occurs today on Monday, May 25.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.  Many American observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.  Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

As we celebrate this Memorial Day, this verse of scripture is on my heart this morning.  (John 15:13)  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The greatest act of love that anyone could do for you is to be willing to lay down their life for you.  Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for you and I that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have today.  Freedom is not free.  It came at a very high cost.  

This is what Jesus did for each of us when He gave up His earthly life on Mount Calvary.  He suffered and died that you and I might be set free from the bondage of sin and obtain eternal life.

Ever since our fight for independence in the 1700’s until the present day, men and women have been willing to serve our nation and pay the price for our freedom and for that we are grateful today.  Many of these men and women who served in the U.S. military forces over the years have paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the defense of their country.  

So, as we have our celebrations today with family and friends, let’s remember those who served and willingly gave their lives for us to enjoy this day in the land of the free because of the brave. 

ONLY TWO MEN WERE WILLING TO LAY DOWN THEIR LIFE FOR YOU, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE AMERICAN SOLDIER!!

Proud to be an American,

Bro. Rick

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