"Watchmen on the Wall" - Monday, May 25, 2020 - Dianne Prince
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
No one is immune to war. No place is too sacred for war. It takes place in France, on the seashore of Hawaii, in the cities of Japan, in the jungles of Vietnam, in the desert of Saudi Arabia, in the caves of Iraq and on the mountains of Afghanistan.
While we sleep peacefully in our beds, there are men and women all over this world who are standing guard, serving as watchmen on the wall—watchmen in the day and night. They stand, not because they are forced to stand; nor do they stand because it is a requirement to be an American citizen. Nevertheless, they stand firm with a posture of defense in the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard and Special Forces. They stand because they made a deliberate choice to dedicate their lives to protect the life and liberty of our democracy.
Many in our armed forces have given up everything and left behind everyone. They believe they can make a difference in the political and military climate in our homeland and in democracies around the world. Many have left behind mothers, fathers, teenagers, adolescents and babies in an effort to make the world a safer place to live.
All over this nation, we celebrate Memorial Day today. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans—dead or alive.
We set aside today to remember the sacrifice, the selfless giving, and the lessons learned from lives that were given during war, during political conflict, and even during times of peace. We remember those who never got to partake of the benefits of being a veteran of the United States armed services. Jesus says in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
In honor and memory of our fallen soldiers, we salute their families—those left behind to carry on their legacy. “Thank you” to the families of all men and women who lost their lives while serving in the military. Moreover, we would be negligent if we did not say “thank you” to those who served and are yet alive—those veterans who are retired, those who are in the reserves, and those who are disabled. We also thank those who are yet active—active and on the front lines of danger as they fight for our freedom to be protected and sustained. Finally, I salute Retired Army Colonel Don Carter, my baby brother who has served our country since graduating from college and he continues to serve his community in various roles today.
Thank God for our active, our discharged, our retired, and our fallen men and women who chose to give of themselves for our freedom. My prayer is that God bless our military personnel, their families, and this great United States of America.
Have a joy filled Memorial Day.
More daily inspiration can be found in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.