John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

May 25 is the day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country we are all privileged to live in. This great nation, the USA, is our promised land and the place where our hopes and dreams can still become a reality.

Many have come before us, and some gave their lives and their dreams, so that others could realize theirs. They fought and died not only for their generation but also for all future generations. We all need to remember and honor them often, but especially on this chosen day, and lay aside our own personal opinions about war and the terrible consequences of it.

This Memorial Day is the way we can honor them by acknowledging and respecting them and the sacrifice they made. That sacrifice enables us to safely live and enjoy this place and this life we lead in our promised land. In this world in which we have all lived for many generations, war has usually always been the final solution or last resort after much failed dialogue and negotiation. If people had a choice they wouldn’t willingly choose to fight and die or send others out to the same; however many of our brothers and sisters who have served and sacrificed, and many who are still serving, have been called to a higher purpose and were willing to answer the call. They put ego aside.

(Philippians 2:3-4.) When or if the time comes when there is no alternative and all other avenues have been exhausted, we need to support our chosen leaders and the decisions they make if we want to continue enjoying these freedoms others fought and died for and we sometimes take for granted. (Ephesians 4:25-32).

If we can imagine or dream of a place, time, or thing it becomes possible, if possible then probable, and if probable then a reality, if we act. God gave us an imagination and these fantastic ideas of future things or events are placed in us by God. These are gifts of knowledge and can become beneficial reality for us all with proper application of understanding and wisdom. Read Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Someday, if we all work toward it, we can end all war. If we can imagine it (and we can), it can become reality. The answer lies in how we think, feel and act toward and about one another. God is love, (1 John 4:8), and God commands us to love one another as He loves us. (Matthew 22:37-39 & John 13:33-34). This is the only way to achieve lasting world peace. We were all created by God with equal portions of His love, grace and mercy. He shows no favoritism. (Romans 2-11). If we can learn to respect, care for and support our brothers and sisters looking beyond race, ethnicity, and social or economic level we can learn to love the person (God’s creation), above and beyond what the person does. Overcome skepticism and fear (1 John 4:18). If we can display and demonstrate the example of Jesus Christ, God can and will bring heaven to earth. (Matthew 25:31-46).

Subjugating the various peoples of this earth through war and its weapons of mass destruction only leads to more hatred, division, and dissension. We can all agree conditions on planet Earth have been getting progressively worse, not better in our or our ancestors’ memory. So why is it so hard for us to make a genuine, honest effort to do it God’s way? Is true freedom and lasting peace so hard for us to accomplish? God gave us dominion over the earth and all the authority we need to accomplish anything, if we just make the effort and let Him lead.

Jesus Christ’s prayer of unity for mankind to His Father in John 17:20-26 has not yet been fulfilled. Together we can make it a reality. What individual, city, county, community, state or country will be the first to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ and begin the process of changing this world? We lead by example and God will surely bless and prosper all who have the courage to step out in belief, trust, faith, assured hope, forgiveness and love.

So, on this Memorial Day, if and when you see the veterans standing outside of storefronts giving away buddy poppies and asking for donations, please show your appreciation. Be generous. These donations go into a special relief fund and are only used to support local veterans when they are experiencing a time of adversity. We often hear excuses such as “not today” or worse, not to mention the people who pass by completely ignoring us. We only do this two times a year, so please help.

Thank you.

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