Happy Memorial Day!

“In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,

With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;

As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free!

While God is marching on”    -Battle Hymn of the Republic

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As Americans we love our freedoms but sometimes we often forget the extreme price that has been paid for those freedoms. We can easily get caught in our day-to-day routine of balancing family with work and navigating such busy lives that we sometimes forget how blessed we are to not just live in a prosperous nation but also one that enjoys such incredible freedoms.

As we go to picnics, parties and gatherings today, we need to remember the thousands of patriots who have gone before us sacrificing their lives, their blood and their families so that we can enjoy such human freedom that was once only imagined as a dream.

We thank God everyday for our military and their families who give up so much so that we can be free. Thank you to each of you who are currently serving right now to make sure that these shores are protected and our rights and freedoms continue.

Thank you to the families who watch as their loved ones leave for long periods of time to put their lives on the line for millions of fellow Americans that they’ve never met.

And we thank God for giving us the honor of living in a country where we value freedoms and each other so much. We hope that each day serves as a reminder of the blessings given to each of us from above. May we continue to fight for freedom, both here and elsewhere, defending those whose voices have been silenced and whom God asks of us to help.

On this Memorial Day, we hope that we all can come together, in spite of our differences, to thank those who have given their lives so that we can all live in peace and be free.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

 

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Thank You, Veterans!

Today we celebrate and honor the many men and women who have given their time, dedication and most importantly, their lives to protect this great nation!

As we celebrate the day with family & friends, let’s not just treat it as another day off of work, but as a day of reflection and remembrance for what thousands of fellow Americans throughout our history have done for us.

Jesus said it best in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” And just as Jesus layed down His life for our spiritual freedom, our neighbors, family members, friends and others do the same for our personal freedom.

But we as citizens need to remember to protect and take care of our service men & women after their time in the military is over. Unfortunately, a rather large number of veterans end up homeless and jobless. From dealing with the pressures of war to disabilities to the stress of returning to civilian life, our veterans can have a difficult time getting settled into everyday American life.

At The Hope Center, we work with many homeless veterans. Whether they stay with us as transients or as residents, we work to help restore the courageous individual that once defended this great nation.

So today, and everyday, please remember to pray for the many veterans who sacrificed so much for each of us. Pray that God will direct their paths to find peace and restoration in Him. And let’s work together to make sure that our veterans receive the proper gratitude and life that they deserve!

Thank you, veterans! And Happy Memorial Day, America!!