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And you yourselves be like men who wait for their master…” (Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭36‬ NKJV)

Growing up in an Army town, you never knew exactly when deployed soldiers were coming home. Women in our church were vigilant to keep the house cleaned, there hair fixed, and the diaper bag packed, because at any moment, the phone might ring and be told that the plane was coming in! For military families, you can’t get ready; you have to live ready.

We have a promise from our Savior: One day He is returning for us. It might be the whole church body or you alone through a life circumstance. Regardless, when it’s our time to leave this world and face eternity, there won’t be a chance to “get ready”. Spiritual vigilance, much like the military, means that we must live ready, anticipating our Lord’s call to come home!

Always remember that we are not earthly beings having spiritual experiences in this life; we are spiritual people having an earthly experience until our home is built! Live ready to serve in this life, and ready to go for the one to come. It could be today! You are loved!

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Then the Philistines put themselves in battle array against Israel. And when they joined battle, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men of the army in the field.” (I Samuel 4:2 NKJV)

In the Iraq War that we have been embroiled with since 2003, we have lost some wonderful people who died to liberate souls from oppression and protect liberty. From 2003-2012, we lost 4,486 American soldiers; souls that will never come home to their families. While not diminishing our own loss, imagine Israel’s pain of losing 10 TIMES that amount in less than a week!

The purpose of Memorial Day is to remember the loss of lives of American soldiers in duty to their country. Growing up at Ft. Hood, we would grieve for those who died in training exercises as equally as those that were in combat; they died in the line of duty. Even as I drink coffee by a beautiful lake, writing this morning’s devotion, brave soldiers are standing in places I never will, willing to pay a price so that I may never have to.

As you celebrate Memorial Day weekend, take a moment to remember those that we honor with this holiday, our fallen heroes. Their noble deaths have enabled us to live in enjoyable peace! Freedom isn’t free! We are truly loved!
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