I came across this poem, and it really made me think about how Memorial Day seems to get swept under the rug. Everywhere you turn around, you see ads for sales and hype for the beginning of summer, but no one really talks about why we have a 3-day weekend. Because of these soldiers who have sacrificed their lives, I have the freedom to worship my God, the freedom to speak my mind. I thank you.
In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
About a week ago, a friend of mine had posed the question of what your favorite words to hear were. As I sat there pondering it, I knew I couldn’t put down “I love you,” even though I do love hearing those words. Mine was “I’m proud of you.”
I was thinking on why they are my favorite words, and was realizing that growing up, it was one phrase I didn’t hear very often. In fact, not only until last year, I remember my parents ever telling me that they were proud of me. They showed it by allowing me to grow up and move out on my own. Respecting that I was an adult and could make capable decisions. However, there is something satisfying in hearing the words.
I long to be successful in life and to be affirmed. I can be proud of myself for accomplishing goals, but hearing it from someone else can be very life giving. We are meant to live in community. To be in fellowship with one another. Affirming each other so we can grow.
What are your favorite words to hear?
My pastor showed this video to us this morning and it was a powerful reminder how forgiveness and grace go hand in hand.
“When you live in forgiveness, you live in grace.”