I will never forget Irwin and his talks with me about serving World War II. He was in his 80's and my mom's boyfriend before she passed away. He didn't like days that brought back his military life. This day brought back thoughts of the real war he was in. He went on to explain how many people he saw die and some real affects of war.
The story Irwin told me was one of sadness and brought tears to his eyes. I learned from him that people don't respect the elderly. He couldn't get into the Veterans Home and wasn't treated with respect at where he was living. It was an assistant living place where my mom was at too. The manager of the place wouldn't even let them sit together at a table for dinner. Irwin would say, I fought in the war, I paid my dues and I can't sit by my girlfriend at a table to eat? The manager had reasons, but Irwin was so hurt over this. They would eat fast or not eat much so they could be together.
MEMORIAL DAY ~
Respect, freedom, and love
I hope we can live our lives with a good example to others. Maybe we don't understand God's timing on things, but we certainly can read the word of God and do our best daily. Let us pray for the family and friends who hurt today because of their loved one who is gone onto to Heaven.
Let us read the word and live it
Titus 2:1-8 New International Version (NIV)
Doing Good for the Sake of the Gospel
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger womento love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
God is able to meet us at where we are in life. I miss my dad today and he fought in World War II like Irwin. I wasn't born during this war, but there was time when I asked my dad. He told me that he didn't want to share what he saw and it was just a hard time of life. So it ended there and my dad died when I was 18 and never heard stories from him.
Women served in World War II and everyone who came back, had their own story of what they went through. We can read about World War II, but listening to someone who has gone through it, is just a real story. I will never forget Irwin's story. He now rest in heaven, but his life impacted mine greatly when he talked about war. I hope we never forget Memorial Day in honor of those who served and died for our country.
I don't know who you might have lost in life, whether it was war or not but I know a God who can give peace. Memories can be hard and a new day faced without a loved one. I know this too well and each of us handle things different. Let us remember to pray for those who hurt today and those who continue to fight for our country. Keep them in your prayers daily.
Count blessings of a new day, live in freedom of our country and the word of God. My prayers continue for those who read my blog, your family and friends too. A new day brings hope and peace that only God can give. Purpose this a good day!