Monday, May 25, 2009

We will remember them

It seems appropriate during this Memorial Day weekend that we take a minute to consider a poem that was written long ago and in remembrance those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. The "Ode of Remembrance" is taken from Laurence Binion's "For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times in September 1914. It is just as relevant today as it was then.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

The poem describes young soldiers boldly standing on the battle line against numerous odds, including their own fears! These soldiers are heroes because they did what they needed to do and they did it afraid! Their bravery should encourage us to step up and do the things that God calls us to do, even when we are afraid or unsure. Faith requires action!! We’re not alone and He will strengthen us against the enemy!

Please join me in taking time to pray for the families of fallen soldiers as well as the active soldiers and their families. They fight for the freedom that we take for granted. Pray that God will faithfully reward their sacrifice!

Be blessed,

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3


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