As we approach Memorial Day, there is so much to think about. A senseless war is being waged in Ukraine. It has no real purpose other than greed and power. Lives are being snuffed out for no reason. Cities are being destroyed and the economy is in shreds. Here in our own country, we’ve seen a continuing battle ensue among our lawmakers, pertaining to the sanctity of life and abortion law. The world around us is still suffering the effects of a pandemic that has wiped out countless lives. People have become isolated and afraid to venture out. We’ve become secure in our seclusion and fearful when we attend church or other events which call on us to gather with others. Our schools are unsafe, and parents wonder if their own children will be subjected to bullying, shaming or even death by a maniacal killer. We all live in fear. Where is God?
Our world is an ugly place. The country I knew as a young girl is no longer. Patriotism is a thing of the past. Politics is much like the government that America was trying to escape in its early days. We have career politicians who really don’t know the problems the average American faces.. Food shortages, gas prices, no baby formula, hoarding, fear and anxiety is ruling our land. Honoring our military and their sacrifice just means a long weekend for many. Where is God?
Those who give up what they have rightfully worked for and give it up to serve this country aren’t even appreciated for what they do and have done. These heroes should be honored for their service, their sacrifice, their dedication. Many veterans come back home to no home at all. They must begin again from the bottom and work their way back up the ladder. That in itself takes courage. Many become homeless. Many suffer from mental illness. Many take their own lives. Where is God?
This weekend, look for God in every situation. He is there. He’s always there. He is at our side and will hear our prayers. He loves us. He wants the best for us. We can have complete confidence in that truth. We may be a broken nation, but we are not yet fallen. Let’s begin again, with the same zeal as our founding fathers who pledged allegiance to those who live here. Those who were willing to give ultimate sacrifice for the benefit of that tenet deserve our respect, our gratitude and our honor. Through them, we will see God at work.
Dear, Almighty, God, only you can change hearts. You have shown throughout history, that there is redemption and restoration in your name. I call on you to heal our land. You are our only answer. Amen!