In a life where the number of deaths experienced outnumbers the number of years lived, the passing of loved ones becomes almost normal.  Heart-wrenching and grief-inducing, but such a normal part of the birth-life-death cycle.

Hebrews 12 provides a peek into the heavenly realm of the eternal life promised in John 3:16-17

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” –Hebrews 12:1-12, NKJV

There is a crowd of the faithful who have passed on before us–cheering us on in the race of faith.

On Memorial Day, I am grateful for the faithful in the military.  For those who have dedicated their lives to defending our freedom, and those who have given their final breath, may God bless and keep you and your families while a grateful nation remembers.



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