On Memorial Day, we honor the battle for freedom and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It’s a solemn day of remembrance for our country, and especially for those who have lost loved ones. But it’s also a day to remember people who have gone to war and physically survived, but sustained physical or emotional injury; part of them died in battle for their country.
You may have mixed feelings, being grateful for someone who courageously fought for this country and died but at the same time deeply pained that they are not here to experience the freedom they fought for. It could be on this day that you feel more deeply about your loss, resenting unexpressed appreciation for this country by so many and the freedom we share; anger that too few understand and appreciate the sacrifice of so many; and perhaps the hurt feeling that no one cares about you or your loss.
We understand the deeper hurt that comes when pain is not acknowledged or understood, or it’s minimized and explained away with some superficial proverb or slogan. Pain is so intense when the world goes on and expects you to instantly feel better, so you pretend the pain is gone and act like all is okay-but it’s not.
We are filled with sorrow, too, for those who went to war and did not die, but their old life died due to sustaining an injury that still impacts their lives everyday. Chronic, unrelenting pain. Emotions out of control due to traumatic brain injury. Inconvenience, struggle and dependency on others due to injuries, lost limbs and physical challenges just to move or eat or survive. We honor those who live beyond the loss of the life they once knew and struggle daily to develop and maintain a new life with new purpose and meaning beyond the losses from battle.
If Memorial Day is a tough day for you for any of the reasons above, or for reasons not mentioned here, we want to help you. If a tragic loss still stings and things are not getting any easier, we can help. Please give us a call and let us help you understand and walk through your grief, trauma and emotional pain.
We feel deeply about the pain that comes from fighting for freedom.
Please call us at (800) NEW-LIFE (639-5433) and let us help you.
And whether or not you’re personally affected by the pain of loss this Memorial Day, please join us in praying for those who struggle in the aftermath of courageous action resulting in unparalleled loss.
A final thought of encouragement as we approach a solemn day of memory: For the first two and a half chapters in the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah is lamenting-expressing grief, disappointment, unfairness, bitterness to God for what He’s allowed to happen-death and destruction. Then in the verses 21-23 of chapter 3 Jeremiah says this: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Praying for your comfort, peace and hope this Memorial Day. And wishing God’s continued blessings on our great country.