With it being Memorial Day weekend, I am reminded of what this holiday means to me. It reminds me of what I have because of our freedoms as a nation and what we can learn from it. I am one who loves to have my flag hanging outside my front door and it reminds me of keeping my son in my prayers on a regular basis and freedom.
Also, as a child I remember my parents having their flag blowing in the breeze and because it was a holiday, we often had a picnic where we would invite other family or friends. However, I do not remember this holiday being a solemn holiday at that time. As I grew older, it did become as a reminder of things happening in our world as I had three older brothers who served their country, one during the Korean War and two during the Viet Nam War. I remember how this effected my mom wondering if her boys would come home safely. The faith she had was amazing and she believe God was in charge. All three of my brothers returned home safely.
Years later, the man I married came from a military family. My father-in-law was career military, as well as my husband and one of our son’s is currently career military. During our marriage, we were fortunate that Dan did not have to leave the States to serve our country. However, he was involved with the Gulf War in the early 1990’s. I remember being pretty frazzled about the ‘what ifs’. Our son has served four tours and each time it doesn’t get easier for this momma. However, as I remember my own mother praying for God’s direction in her life and for her children, I find myself relying on God’s direction for my son’s life as well.
I am proud of each of my children for the careers which they have chosen. With this holiday, it makes me more aware of what my son is doing for others and makes me nervous as he is in arms way.
As I think of the memories of what was before Dan’s death, I’m reminded of many terrific things that have happened in our lives but that doesn’t mean there were times that not everything was terrific. God has promises he is near us as in Psalms 2:18 reads: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Each of our journeys are different….. Some of you may have lost a loved one in circumstances which have not been easy to except. Some of you lost your spouse to a long lengthy disease. Others lost your spouse very quickly.
Whether our tragedies were under good circumstances or painful circumstances, our God is with us. Isiah 41:10 reads: Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
As time goes on, it seems I remember more of the good memories than those that are not so good. I trust and pray as you travel this journey, you will also remember the good things and the bad memories will fade away.
Hugs and prayers to each of you…….