Ever have those moments that catch you off guard? Maybe you are dozing, or sitting still and listening to the wind in the trees for the first time in ages. Or maybe you are walking through the grocery store and see your hero’s favorite snack. Whatever it is, it stops you short. Again.
And you remember the flag on the coffin, or the face and the laughter that isn’t there anymore. And it all comes flooding back in.
When those moments happen, please remember that your hero’s life meant something. And it meant something to a lot of people.
Sometimes you look around and see all these people. Fellow Americans, all. And they don’t seem to get it. Or worse, they don’t seem to care.
Weeks go by without a mention of the battles being fought in far off places. And you wonder if it all really matters.
It does matter. It matters greatly.
There will always be those amongst the protected who take things for granted. Or don’t seem to recognize that bold people, standing guard out on the edge, are ensuring the very freedoms they waste.
But, your hero’s sacrifice was worth it.
If you haven’t had a chance, read some of the words and quotes from our founding fathers. Experience for yourself how passionately they believed in this dream we call America. And remember that you, by keeping your hero’s memory alive, are helping to ensure that what they died for still lives.
And take comfort in the scripture. The Lord himself says:
Good people pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
For those who follow godly paths
will rest in peace when they die.
(Isaiah 57:1-2New Living Translation)