Daily Reading & Prayer

Memorial Day

May 27, 2024
John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”


Billy Graham once shared a touching story from his visit to a young boy in Korea who had been severely injured by a shell blast. Despite the devastating news that his spine was irreparably damaged, leaving him unable to move and destined to spend his life lying on his stomach, the boy’s spirit was undaunted. He bravely told Dr. Graham, “It was worth it if it will keep America free!” This profound declaration brings home a brutal truth we often hear but might not fully appreciate: Freedom comes at a cost.

We toss around the phrase “Freedom isn’t free,” especially as Memorial Day approaches, but how deeply do we consider what that means? When we pause to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country, it’s vital to really reflect on what our freedom has cost.

Since the Revolutionary War, starting with the Battle of Lexington and Concord, approximately 1,354,664 Americans have given their lives in service to our country. That’s a staggering number, each representing an individual who left behind a life and loved ones to protect the liberties we often take for granted.

This Memorial Day, let’s genuinely be thankful for these men and women who sacrificed all for our freedom. Remember the freedoms you enjoy every day and think about the price paid to secure them. As we reflect, let’s also hold in our thoughts the families and loved ones of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, hoping they find some comfort and peace. Let’s make a promise to never forget these sacrifices and to always appreciate the profound honor and courage with which our service members have served our nation.

“…And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” Ronald Reagan.


Put your gratitude into action. Thank a veteran or their family, write a card, or send a note.


God, thank you for the brave men and women who fought for my freedom and paid a price so I could be free. I ask for comfort and strength for the families and friends who mourn. Help me live responsibly with the liberty I havebeen givenand appreciate the gift I havebeen given. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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