Every military tombstone hints at a lifetime of stories. These stories include those of loved ones’ valiant efforts to continue their lives while living without their service member.
How can we thank the children of a soldier when their dad won’t be coming home for Father’s Day this year? Or any year? Ever.
What words of gratitude can we express to the grief-stricken husband of a fallen soldier facing the reality of raising their three small children without their mother?
How many thank-yous are enough to adequately show our appreciation to the Gold Star families (families of fallen service members) who miss their soldier every Thanksgiving, every Christmas – every single day? They’re proud to know their soldier died defending them and their country, but they long to see their loved ones vigorous and full of life. Rather than displaying their framed images on the mantle, they want to hold them in their arms.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 ESV). We owe so much to each fallen soldier who displayed such great love for America. “Thank you” doesn’t come anywhere near the gratitude, emotions, and respect befitting these heroic soldiers and their devastated families.
We have no way of knowing the extent of gratitude we owe them. If it weren’t for their sacrifices (and the sacrifices of those who fought and continue to fight to defend us), what would America look like today?
It’s horrifying to imagine.
Freedom isn’t free. Just ask our Gold Star families.
I never want to take their sacrifice for granted. While we commit to pray for their families and personally bless them when we have the opportunity, let’s also show our gratitude by appreciating and loving our country.
We’ve seen the anguished pictures of mothers receiving the folded flag at their son’s or daughter’s military funeral. We’ve heard heartrending stories from spouses about the day they received word that their spouse had been killed. Seeing the American flag burned or people protesting our national anthem only adds to their grief.
I praise God for the privilege of living in such a wonderful country.
May we remain worthy of the sacrifice these families have made to keep it this way.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. (Others might also benefit from your comment.)
- What would America look like today if it weren’t for those serving in our military?
- Are you a member of a Gold Star Family?
- If so, please accept our heartfelt condolences – and gratitude.
- How can we pray for you?
- How can we serve you?
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