The Bridge May 20, 2009
Posted on May 20, 2009 by under Outreach and Missions,

“Grey Days”

I have come to the point where nothing is black or white.  There is always a grey in everything and I believe this applies to the reading of the Bible as well.  This weekend, Memorial Day, is a constant reminder for me that my world/biblical view is grey. 

I did not know that Memorial Day was supposed to be a day to honor fallen war heroes until I was serving a church with many WWII veterans.  I quickly was faced with the grey.  I do not support war, I struggle with violence of any kind, and I am of that generation that has never experienced a war or conflict that has greatly touched us “back home.”  This all said, I realize that the only reason I can say all the things I think about war is because of the men and women who have risked their lives through the centuries.  So I take Memorial Day and embrace the grey of my life by stopping to say thank you to those who gave their lives. 

I remember the hero who lies next to the church marked as a veteran of the Revolutionary War and I honor Army Specialist David A. Schaefer, Jr.  the person I found listed as the last soldier to fall in Iraq (May 16, 2009) and say thank you to all who have served so I can be me. 

May God bless us and keep us now and forever.  Amen.

Until Next Week . . . Mark