Today, Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who have lost their lives protecting and defending our country and our freedom.
Let’s honor them with a moment of silence.
During our time of silent prayer and contemplation in their honor, let’s think about those they held dear, those mourning them, the ones they gave their lives protecting. And let’s think about how we can honor the memory of the fallen by loving on those they loved most, those their heart ached to go home to, those who ached to see them come home.
If you know anyone who has lost a loved one in the service of our country, consider how you might reach out to them and make them feel loved in the coming days and weeks. Anything from an open acknowledgment of their loss today to a quick text next week just checking in on their life and telling them you’re glad to have them in your life.
Mark your calendars or set reminders in your phone for a few dates in the future to do the same, to send rays of sunshine at times when they least expect it. Lift their spirits and help them feel some love.
If you’re reading this and you lost someone close to you in the service of our country, thank you. Your loss is beyond comprehension. The bravery of your loved one, your friend, the one you served alongside, it is breathtaking. You are in my thoughts and my prayers today. I’m going to hug my babies, kiss my husband, walk in safety and freedom, and know that every bit of it is made possible by the hard work and sacrifice of your loved one- and yours as well.
God bless you.