Memorial Day is just a few short days away, and many of us are looking forward to enjoying the weekend with loved ones. For me, there is nothing better than catching a baseball game or hiking with Sharon or time out on the lake with your fishing gear and some good friends!

It is easy to forget that our ability to experience a carefree weekend with family has been enabled by the roughly half a million service men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation and its values. From the early days of the revolution, to the trenches of the Great War in Europe, to the modern warfare conflicts in the age of global terror, we are forever grateful for those who gave their lives for our country.

As Memorial Day approaches and you plan your activities, take time to reflect on the liberties and freedom we all share due to those who sacrificed for you and me. It is an important holiday, whose meaning should never be forgotten. Those who have fallen fighting for our country gave up their tomorrows so we could enjoy our freedom today.

Likewise, our Lord Jesus lived a life beyond himself, paying the ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. Because of Jesus, we can live forgiven and free.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13 NLT

Remembering their sacrifice,
Steve Holder
President, The Fellowship Network

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