For Your Weekend | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

For Your Weekend | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Before we celebrate a three day weekend, let’s stop and remember why we have this upcoming Monday  holiday. 

Many soldiers over our nation’s history have given their lives for our freedom. If you’re ever in Washington, DC, make time to visit Arlington National Cemetery.  There’s a Metro stop right at its entrance. 

I’ve visited Arlington several times.  I’m never quite fully prepared for the physical sight of acres of white soldiers’ tombstones on gently rolling hills. 

While often used as a set backdrop, these tombstones are real.  And more likely than not, you’ll come across a funeral in progress, a sobering reminder that soldiers are still dying for our freedom. 

So pray for those families who have lost their family member. Give thanks for our freedom. 

The Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery
So enjoy our freedom and celebrate it.

Here are your weekend links!

Summer offically begins with a stack of awesome books!

I religiously read Anne Bogel’s blog  Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne publishes a summer reading guide and I love her recommendations! 

Grab your own copy of her 2016 Summer Reading Guide here.  

Help Parenting Teenagers!  Last week I tipped y’all off to a new favorite podcast, The Lazy Genius, and I have to highlight an episode I listened to this week about parenting teens.

Kendra chatted with Meg Duerksen for almost 90 minutes about dealing with a rebellious teen. I loved this real, encouraging conversation that parents need to hear! I’m so glad Kendra didn’t cut off the conversation at 30 minutes.  Just real honest advice from a mom of five who’s lived it and living through it still. 

Coldplay’s on Snapchat!

end of Coldplay’s concert in Barcelona

I’m a Snapchat junkie, goofing with their silly filters more than a grown woman should be!

Exhibit 1: My abuse of Snapchat !

When I found out this week that Coldplay is on Snapchat and documenting their stadium concerts, I flipped out!  If you love Snapchat and Coldplay, you’ll flip too!
Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Prayer for the Week|Memorial Day

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Today is Memorial Day, a federal U.S. Holiday remembering our fallen soldiers in all wars and conflicts. Many of us get this holiday confused with Veteran’s Day which celebrates all who have served in our U.S. Military branches. 

If you have never made the journey to Arlington National Cemetery, you must do so in order to understand our nation’s sacrifice for freedom. Words cannot describe it, you must simply go. Although permitted, my soul couldn’t bear to snap a photo of the seas of white tombstones there. It’s not a backdrop of a movie set, it’s the sacred ground of shed blood for freedom. 

Arlington isn’t the only place of final rest for our fallen soldiers.  I have visited the USS Arizona Memorial/ Pearl Harbor Shrine as well.

 

USS “Arizona” Memorial|Pearl Harbor Shrine
 
 
Inside the USS “Arizona” Memorial
 
There are too many other cemeteries that claim our soldiers…Shiloh, Gettysburg, Flanders Field, Normandy, Manilla, and the list goes on. 

I have been fortunate to visit Arlington and watch the solemn changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers several times. 

The soldier stands guard no matter what time of day or weather condition.   

These soldiers are hand picked to be a part of the elite honor guard.    

And so, to the men and women soldiers who gave all in defending and dying for our freedom and the freedom of others, a prayer for today. 

Our Father,

We pray for the families of our fallen soldiers today, those who have lost brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, cousins, aunts and uncles while serving the US.  

We ask for Your comfort and peace, Jesus when they remember the sacrifice, loss and pain that can never be forgotten. 

We pray for the families of those who are caught in the uncertainty of this day, not knowing whether their loved one is alive or dead.

 Give them strength and hope, Jesus 

We ask for protection of all our soldiers serving her and abroad in the task of protecting freedom. 

We pray that Your kingdom come Father, that Your Peace reign Jesus, and that our world would begin to reflect heaven here and now. 

Help us, as messengers of Your Good News, be peacemakers in the conflicts we face in our communities.

May we be an instrument of Your peace. 

May our nation’s leaders seek Your wisdom in world conflicts and crises, may we honor You.

Guide our nation’s leaders Holy Spirit, that they may participate in Your Kingdom’s arrival and not hinder it. 

We pray that one day swords will be beat into plowshares.  

Help us not to look away from conflict but to engage our world in the Prince of Peace by facing conflict unafraid.  

We give thanks for Your mercies and protection of our country.

Amen