Memento Mori: Reflections on Our Loss

Screenshot_2019-05-27_08-57-53Over the previous year, we have lost a number of good friends and brethren.

The families of our brethren, both the fallen and the upright, have lost.

Our friends and our neighbors in the community as well.

Screenshot_2019-05-27_09-05-49And, of course, our precious soldiers.  Our youth.  Our best and our brightest.

Loss is something we always experience.  It is a part of life.

The bible teaches us that there is no reward in fretting for the future, or for dwelling on what is past.  It is the moment, and the decisions made therein, that are of the greatest importance:

Matthew 6:31-34 King James Version (KJV)

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

On this memorial day, let us take pause from the ordinary chores, and in a moment of silence remember those, our friends, who have gone before us.

Screenshot_2019-05-27_09-06-06Take time to be thankful for the moment, for each breath.

Psalm 90:12 ESV

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Tomorrow may never come for some, but for those who believe, those who practice, and those in fervent devotion, let them remember the least among us.  We are even taught to hold as much dear reverence for those who do not love us, as those who do.

Ecclesiastes 12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

For it is in this moment of memory of our fallen friends that we become a bit more noble.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 68 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …

Let us pray for the families who have experienced the loss; the wives the children — for all.

And above all else, let us always remember those who have fallen in the defense of others.

God bless and keep our soldiers, both the quick, and the dead.


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