Today, as a nation, we remember those who have given their lives for our country. There will be parades, graveside services, and other activities to mark out the significance of sacrifice and service. These memorials are not only the fabric of a national holiday, however, they are widely seen on the sports landscape as well. Last night’s NASCAR race in Charlotte was marked by special military recognitions, and the same will no doubt happen at major league and minor league ball parks across the country today. With men and women in harm’s way around the world, it seems that the price that is paid for the freedoms we enjoy is never very far from us. I live one block from a cemetery that is currently marked out by flags and red flowers, and just driving past that ground is a visually stunning reminder of those who have served and paid the ultimate price for the liberties we often take for granted. It is fitting and appropriate that we as a people pause, remember, and give thanks for those who have served—and pray for those who are serving.
While not normally facing the danger, fear, and hardships faced by those in the military, all who serve Christ can give thanks for a heavenly Father who also remembers. All around us are people in need, and trying to serve them in Christ’s name can often feel thankless and forgotten—but God remembers. In Hebrews 6:10 we read, “For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.” He sees what we seek to do to in His name for the welfare of others, and He doesn’t forget. It matters to Him what we do to serve as His children and representatives in this world. May we serve Him well.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain