Today we remember.
We remember those who died to protect our freedom, to win our rights, to preserve our lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. We acknowledge those who survived. We salute those who continue to fight on front-lines. We support those who suffer from their wounds whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. We reflect on the cost of battle.
We remember who we have lost.
Perhaps we also reflect on the cost of our current battle. Stocks plunging. Businesses closing. Events cancelling. We may be suffering physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually from contracting a rampant virus, from the severing of employment and housing contracts, or from the jeopardizing of relational covenants. Unknowingly, we may be the carriers of this enemy's weapon to those fighting it on the front-lines. While we acknowledge those who have survived, are we remembering those who still strive and those who have ceased? In our desire to protect our freedoms, to win back our rights, to preserve our lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness, are we remembering those who are dying?
Are we more concerned about what we may have lost--what we may indeed regain--than who we might lose forever?