Remembering the Fallen

John 15:12-13

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Memorials are all about helping us to remember significant people and events of the past as we live in the present. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices that have been given and the difference that was made in those sacrifices. Those who serve in the lives of others make sacrifices in their service. The slogan that many of us have heard regarding service men and women, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All” is so very true. All who dedicate their lives to serve and protect their fellow citizens make sacrifices in their service. One of those sacrifices is in the area of being apart from their family for longer periods of time than the average worker. We have folks in our church family making that sacrifice right now in their service. Another sacrifice that is often made is in the psyche or soul, in regards to their mind and emotions, due to the danger that they put themselves in while they serve. Most lines of service involve danger and putting yourself in harm’s way even to the extent of your life being on the line, and that kind of sacrifice has lasting, traumatic effects on the human soul. When it comes to the soul of mankind, it causes me to be thankful for the Lord Himself who is best equipped to help mankind with matters of the soul. He, too, understands the sacrifices involved in service to others. I am personally thankful and never want to forget the sacrifice Jesus made for me and for my soul in the redemptive work of His crucifixion and resurrection. In fact, we are commanded not to forget His sacrifice, and we have been given two ordinances for biblical churches to practice to help us never forget. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice of His life on behalf of His fellowman in order for us to have life eternal with Him in Heaven. His sacrifice and victory over death and the grave is something we remember every Lord’s Day, but also in a special way in our remembrance of His sacrifice in the Lord’s Table or when a new believer is baptized. Often throughout the year, we also remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their life in service to others, but in a special way during this month and for Law Enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty on this day each year.