But it is also a heartbreaking day, not merely because so many of those men died, and so many more were scarred for life, but because D-Day and the war which it sought to end are a symptom of the brokenness of this world. While it is vital that we honor those who serve and served in the military, and we remember the sacrifice of our forebears, we should be wary of ever glorifying war itself. War is a symptom of our separation from God and one another.
Consider the words above from John in Revelation. He is writing of his vision of the end of all things, and it is stirring. All things will be made new, and humanity will dwell in perfect harmony with God and by extension one another. And critically he writes, “death will be no more.” The end of death marks not only the end of the trap of mortality but also the end of that great scourge which has plagued humanity; war. There will be no more war.
This Memorial Day, as we look back on those who fell in the wars this nation has waged we are right to honor their service and sacrifice. We are also wise to keep one eye on the horizon, toward that day in the future when this world will finally be redeemed, when the New Jerusalem will descend, and when there will be no more death. War, however necessary, is a symptom of our separation for God, and those who fight and die are victims of that separation. Let us pray that today, we be reconciled to God once and for all.
Prayer: Holy God, we pray for those who serve in our military, we ask that you keep them safe. And we pray for those fighting around the world, that soon wars may cease, and peace may come upon the earth. We know that Jesus Christ is the prince of peace, and we turn our hopes to him once more in the hope that we may be reconciled to God, and live in harmony with God and one another forever. It is in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.