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162 || Warriors in the Image of God: Memorial Day Reflections

We have all been made warriors for a purpose. There is something deep inside of us that longs to fight. We fight for many things. Justice, freedom, family, friends, survival, hope, fairness, peace and the list goes on.

I have been so blessed with the opportunity to be a soldier. I have served alongside some of the most courageous, heroic people you’ll ever know. I have lost friends, classmates, and fellow pilots. I have seen my friends recovering in hospitals after being blown up by IEDs. I get choked up watching homecomings, knowing the sacrifice of spouses and children as well as the soldiers. I have said “thank you” and have been thanked. When I see the veteran’s hat, shirt, or license plate, I say a prayer.

And my heart aches.

“Lord, why? Why the sacrifice of so many? Why the sacrifice of fathers, mothers, children? Why the evil? So. Much. Evil.”

The Story of Love and Sacrifice

And He whispers to me, “It’s the story Rachael. It’s the story of unspeakable evil that threatens to overcome. It’s the story of heroes who sacrifice it all to offer others a chance at life and freedom. Free from horror and evil, full of hope and purpose. It’s a reflection of my story.”

And while we are, and will forever remain, imperfect representatives of Christ and His story, the fact remains that we are called to fight and to lay it all on the line for one purpose. We are called to reflect God’s story and His glory to the world, until the whole world knows.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” John 15:5-8

And we do this for one purpose. Love. Love of God and love for others.

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13

Love and sacrifice for the glory of God. It is the ultimate reflection of God’s story and our redemption. It is the reflection of the unspeakable evil and horror that threatens to consume us and the ultimate hero who steps in. He battled sin and came out victorious. He was put to death and then conquered the grave. It is the greatest display of love and heroism the world has ever or will ever see. And when we reflect this in our own lives, it is the greatest display of our hope in Him and His glory.

The Story of Memorial Day

We are all made warriors in His image. We have a deep and insatiable need for love and relationship. And we have all been commanded to reflect God’s glory to the world. We all have been called to lay down our lives for such if need be. It is the most amazing way to share the ultimate love, hope, purpose and glory with those who have no understanding and no salvation. Are we willing to do so?

Today, I want to honor the warriors; our soldiers and those in battle for God. Keep fighting. Thank you for your sacrifice. May we all be warriors with you so you won’t have to stand alone. May God be with you. May He hold you, carry you, strengthen you, and satisfy you.

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