Since today, May 30th, was once traditionally recognized as Memorial Day or Decoration Day (from 1868-1971) and yesterday was the day we set aside to celebrate Memorial Day (a day for honoring all our fallen servicemembers), it made me stop and think about the unexpected things that happen in our lives. How tragedies, in time, can bring about a certain unique beauty. How the loss of countless lives throughout history has paved the way for the freedoms we experience and enjoy today. How Jesus Christ giving up his life on the cross paved the way for us to experience freedom from sin if we will only choose to believe. How we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).
Even when we finally catch a glimpse of the good, it doesn’t annihilate the pain, sorrow, loss, emptiness, and uncertainty that comes from the unexpected -- the tragedies. But we can be assured that when we are weak, He is strong. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (II Cor. 12:10). Because of Christ we can face tomorrow regardless of the unexpected that may be lurking around the corner.
Remember the fallen, reach out to those who are struggling with such loss, and cherish the freedoms you experience. The unexpected – the tragedies – they will come and when they do choose to trust in the One who holds you in the palm of His hand.
Happy Memorial Day, my friends!!!