Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Monday, May 25, 2020
Happy Memorial Day!
I hope that all of you have been enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day
weekend, even though it surely looks a little different this year. In some states we may be restricted as to how large our get-togethers may be, so our enjoyment of the holiday with family and friends will not be quite the same. In many places parades may be cancelled. Hopefully we can manage a picnic, a small cookout, or a trip to the cemetery sometime before day's end.
Whatever we do, let's be sure we take some time to remember those who have given
their lives that we might live in freedom. If we will be with young
children or grandchildren, let's be sure to try and convey to them just
what this holiday is really all about. And let's take a moment,
too, to pray for those brave men and women who are currently serving our
country, some in very hard and dangerous places. We owe them much
gratitude for their service to America.
Today let's be sure we are also praying for those on the front lines of this pandemic, and for the families of those who have died during it -- for many are suffering today and this is exacerbated by the sadness of not being able to be with the dying or even to properly grieve the loss. We must pray for wisdom for our leaders and for courage to do the right thing. Let us praise God, too, that the loss of life has not been as great as originally predicted. Let's remember that neither we, nor our leaders, nor even the front line workers, have somehow kept this from being worse. It is God and God only who is the Giver and Preserver of life.
I have shared this quote before. Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said,
"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time
that men have died to win them."
This seems as if it has never been more true.
The men and women who gave up so much, and in many cases, their very
lives, for the cause of freedom, are such an inspiration, and we owe
them much. We should never take our freedom for granted, though many have, and right at this moment in time it feels as if we have never been closer to losing those freedoms. Let's not ever forget that people paid for our liberty with their lives. This way of life that we have so long enjoyed -- this privilege of living "a quiet and peaceable life" -- is due to their sacrifice and God's grace. Let's be sure that we are showing our appreciation to our veterans, thanking
God for the freedoms we still enjoy, exercising the liberties that remain, and praying faithfully for our nation and leaders.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.