Did you take the time to be thankful?
I know that our attention naturally turns towards thankfulness during the fall Holidays of the year, especially during that time between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Those days are a long way off, even for me, whose calendar generally fills up about six months ahead of time. But as we come to the end of May, we have the observance known as Memorial Day Weekend.
Have you taken the time to be thankful? On the West facing wall of our Chapel, there is a rather large, hefty bronze plaque. Thereon are the names of the men and the women of our parish who served these United States during the Second World War. It has been my privilege to know some of them personally. It has also been my privilege to know personally the sacrifices that some of them have made in the service of our country. Have you taken the time to be thankful?
In various parts of the world, in places not known for hospitality, our young men and women who are serving in the armed forces are serving today. They are far away from home, family and loved ones. Their service and vigilance has a direct correlation to the freedom that we enjoy as members of these United States. Your freedom to do what you durn well please, like burn too many hot dogs on the grill this weekend, is being purchased for you. It is being bought for you by those who are even now paying a price. Have you taken the time to be thankful?
Many of our veterans are welcomed back as heroes these days. Sadly, some of our veterans are not. As a class, many of those who served in that place known as Vietnam were not singularly welcomed back home. At the time of that war, not all people appreciated their service. Have you taken the time to be thankful?
The Bible reminds is poignantly that we are not our own, but that we were bought by a price. That price was the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus on the cross. But lest we forget, our freedom as citizens is also bought with a price. Have you taken the time to be thankful?