A Tribute for Memorial Day – and Freedom

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This year I wanted to share this Memorial Day Tribute with you again. Special prayers and blessings go to those of you whose friends, family members, or loved ones have given their lives for freedom.

Remember those who gave their lives for our country, for freedom, and all we hold dear. Take time today to pause and thank God for those who died. The following Memorial Day Tribute is for them and for freedom. 

Tribute for Memorial Day – and Freedom

by

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

The young, the old, The timid, the bold.

They gave and they fought 

without thought of themselves, just others.

Some died. Others lived.

Some lost. Others gained

Freedom.

And the tears are for them, but for us as well.

Their stories live on, too many to tell.

But the ones who remain still sing the refrain

while memories dance in their heads,

Of a song deep inside for the ones who have died,

as they live each day with the pain.

And the tune, passed down through the ages of time

whispers loud in the hearts of mankind.

“Freedom!”

We remember the cost and all that’s been lost

but we keep on singing their song.

Gratitude wells, and thanks belong

to all those who played a part.

For the badges of valor, both great and small

are not measured by deed, but the size of the heart.

Their courage and faith, pressed on through prayers,

offered by those left behind,

will not be forgotten, their song will live on

in hearts that will never resign.

Sing it loud; sing it often, and never forget

the price that was given for you.

Freedom.

“I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 1:3, NIV).

My Prayer for You

Lord, thank you for the men and women who gave their lives in service for our country and for freedom. Thank you for their courage, selflessness, and passion. Please be with the ones who lost loved ones and friends. Comfort them as memories flood their hearts. Surround them with your arms of love, and bless them daily for the sacrifice they have endured. And may we remember always, the cost of freedom and the price others paid for us.

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

Who Are You Remembering? It’s Your Turn to Share.

Perhaps you know someone who died in the service of our country, fighting for the freedom of others. Who are you remembering this Memorial Day? A relative, spouse, friend? If you would like, feel free to share their names (first name or entire name), so we can honor these who fought for freedom and died in the service. And may we thank you, as well, for the influence you may have had in their lives. Your love, your prayers, your gifts, your faith–no matter how big or small your contribution, we remember you, and thank God for you, too.

You may share those names of loved ones in the comment section below. Thank you, and God bless the families of those left behind.

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    One Response to “A Tribute for Memorial Day – and Freedom”

    1. Mary T on May 26th, 2014 6:54 pm

      Rebecca, what a prayerful remembrance for all the men and women who have been and are everyday those responsible, by the grace of God, for our cherished freedom. I would ask you to pray for Holly Cigarette, a brave young woman who gave her life for our country and freedom for those countries whom we support. And of course her family and friends who still miss her dearly. God bless all our soldiers, past and present!

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