Remembering the Fallen

I am at a loss as to what to say this morning.

I want to give a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in sacrifice for the American lifestyle. They chose to serve their country and in doing so, served all of us and stood as a barrier between us and our enemies. Any day is a good day to honor their service and sacrifice, but today especially I honor them with my respect and gratitude.

Our community was hit with a violent loss recently that involved the deaths of children. Not unlike the 19 children who were killed in Ulvade, Texas, they died of gunshot wounds. I don’t have a television and rarely listen to the news, so I don’t pretend to know any details about either tragedy.

God’s heart is breaking even as He welcomed the children into His loving embrace. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The loss of any life is tragic, but the deaths of innocent children affects us all deeply. Even I, as a person outside the events looking in, cannot help but grieve the losses. To feel sorrow for the families involved.

I don’t know any of the families who were involved in the tragedies. I also don’t know anyone personally who died in combat.

But God knows each one by name.

He sacrificed His own Son, Jesus, to redeem us from an eternal death. With God, we can have everlasting life. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.

I pray today that God’s promises will comfort the hearts of those who have suffered the loss of their loved ones.

And I will leave my thoughts there.