Today is Memorial Day in the United States. As an American, I join with my country in remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am grateful for the sacrifice they made protecting their country.
As a Christian, however, I remember and pray for all those who died while serving in the military, whatever their nationality.
And all those who have died in armed conflicts throughout the world.
And all of those whose lives have been deeply affected by war – whether named wars, military operations, or any of the other names we give to fighting.
And I pray that we will find a way to address our differences that don’t require sending young men and women off to kill and maim each other.
Memorial Day is one holiday I’d prefer we had no need to celebrate.