This Memorial Day, let us remember those who gave their lives for serving our country, and remember the One who gave His all.
This time of the year affects everyone differently. Maybe you serve our country now or you used to, maybe you have family members or friends involved in serving, or maybe you just get a three day weekend and don’t really care. However Memorial Day affects you personally, be encouraged to reflect on those who have served us, and most of all, the One who has given us everything.
Let’s take this opportunity to point to the Bible and read Scripture on Memorial Day.
As we honor the sacrifice of the fallen, here are 7 Bible verses and one prayer to commemorate the day.
Memorial Day Bible Verses
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
(1 Corinthians 15:22)
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
(Psalm 82: 3-4)
Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
(1 Corinthians 16:13)
The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
(1 John 3:16)
Memorial Day Prayer
Gracious, Sovereign God, Lord of all nations,
On this Memorial Day, we pause to reflect upon our blessings as a nation and the high cost of those blessings for many.
Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in this country, for opportunities to flourish, and for the security of our land.
Thank you for those who have served in the armed services of our country, risking their lives for our liberty.
Thank you for those who have given their lives in service to our country, sacrificing in such a costly way for the sake of others.
Thank you for a day set apart, not just for celebration, but also for solemn remembrance as we consider the sacrifices of so many in our military.
O Lord, may we be more aware of just how blessed we are as a nation. May we be more grateful for our blessings, more faithful in stewarding them well, more eager to share them with others.
We pray today for the families and friends of those who have given their lives in service to our nation. May they be comforted in their sadness. May they be reassured that the sacrifice of their loved ones contributes to a worthy cause. May they be proud of those they have lost, entrusting their ultimate fate into your gracious hands.
Give wisdom to the leaders of our armed services, that they might know how best to deploy the troops in the cause of freedom. May their efforts be successful, so that true peace with justice might be established in our world.
Guide those who lead our nation in international affairs. Help them to pursue diplomatic paths that prevent needless conflict. May they have your wisdom about when and how to use the military might you have entrusted to us.
God of peace, stir in the hearts of the leaders of all nations, and in all who would use violence to further their cause. Change their hearts and minds. Give them a passion for peace. Bring an end to the pain, suffering, injustice and violence in our world.
We know, dear Lord, that ultimate peace will not come until your kingdom is here in all of its fullness. Nevertheless, we pray for a foretaste of the future. We ask for the growth of peace throughout our world today, so that fewer and fewer men and women will have to risk and even to sacrifice their lives. May your kingdom come, Lord, and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven!
All praise be to you, God of grace, God of mercy, God of justice, God of peace!