No More Memorial Days

You may be at a picnic today or celebrating a Monday holiday at the lake with friends, but do you know why we have a day off today? Memorial Day is a day our nation has set aside to honor those who’ve given their lives in military service for our country. I lost an uncle I never met, only heard of, but for so many, this day is a fresh reminder of a deep wound.

Today, widows are grieving a love who’ll never return. Children are missing a dad who will never hold them again. Friends are remembering happier times before they said good-bye for the last time.

I long for the day when there will be no more reason for Memorial Day.

I long for the day when our Righteous Savior will rule and there will be no more war, no battles, no conflicts, no ulterior motives, or hidden agendas. All will be brought into the light and purity and love will be the defining characteristic of our existence.

One day, there will be no more “Memorial Day” because God will make all things new ~

[box]Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Rev. 21:1–5, 22–27)[/box]

But on this Memorial Day of 2016, we still endure wars and death. We have tears and loss. And we live in the ache of pain as we wait for Him to make all things new.

As we wait, let’s pray for those who are in sorrow today. Let’s voice our appreciation to those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Let’s honor their lives by remembering them. And may their loved ones, reach out to the only One who can bring true comfort:

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

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