Once again our nation has reflected on the sacrifice of its men and women as they have given their lives to protect and maintain our freedom.   It is right that we should honor them with a day of remembrance.   Most families have lost loved ones in the continuing wars that our nation has faced.  Our tears are not only one of sadness, but are expressions of thanksgiving and appreciation for those who have given their all.  While the loss of life does bring sorrow in our lives, Scripture tells us that God has seen our tears.  “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, 'Thus says the Lord God of your father David, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you.  On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD” (2 Kings 20:5 NASB).  The Psalmist prayed …“put my tears in Thy bottle” (Ps. 56:8).   We have a God who cares so much for us, that even our tears are precious to Him.  He collects them as a memorial, for in His presence, there is no crying, no tears.  Tears of sorrow are a reality and we cannot escape the fact that today fellow believers are being tortured and killed for their faith in Christ.  The continued execution of believers has revealed the hatred and extent to which evil seeks to eradicate the presentation of gospel.  Why such hatred against Christians?   When an individual believes in Christ as Savior, he gives testimony to the fairness of God in sentencing Satan and his angels to the lake of fire.  Thus, Satan hates those who belong to God by faith in Christ since every Christian is a witness to the fact that he is a defeated foe.  Therefore it is imperative that we faithfully pray for those who are suffering persecution for the name of Christ.   For us to be unmoved because this is occurring in a distant part of the world, only reveals a lack of sensitivity on the part of some Christians who have taken for granted the privilege of serving the Lord Christ in a land of freedom.  Our hearts are to grieve for those who are suffering at the hands of evil men.   But we do not grieve as those who have no hope.  The Apostle Paul gave encouraging instruction to us concerning those who die in Christ.  “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope.   For if [since] we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:13-18 NASB).  The Psalmist reminds us … “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Ps 30:5 KJV).   

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