Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

This Memorial Day has a different feel for me than in times past.

For some, this day/long week-end is a day to just get away. To go out on the lake(if weather permits).... have some friends/family over & crank-up the barbeque grill for a cook-out... maybe hit some shopping sales... But for many others, it is a more somber occasion. A time of remembrance and reflection.

In times past, I just thought of Memorial Day as the "long-weekend" type holiday. Although, I did take note to remember those that served their country... it never seemed that important to me.

I mentioned that today feels different to me... First off - because yesterday(May 29) was my father's birthday... not an easy day. For those unaware, my dad recently passed away suddenly without much warning almost a year ago. So it has become a somber day of remembrance for me... and  secondly located about 30-35 miles just north of me is Joplin, Missouri. If you haven't heard by now (what rock have you been hiding under) an F5 tornado hit downtown Joplin, Mo., a place I'm quite familiar with. It's been hard to see the news/pics & barely recognize places I know so well. My prayers have been many for Joplin & it will be back stronger than before.

So, today we honor those who have passed on, those who were taken so abruptly without much warning and especially those who have made the greatest sacrifices.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends -- John 15:13

Much love, Merc

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