“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Today we remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for the friends..for their neighbors..and even for their enemies.
To them, I say thank you.
Today I also remember the sacrifice of one of my best friends,
killed in the line of duty as a deputy sheriff.
He gave his life to protect the man who shot him.
He put the others around him first.
He loved in the greatest way possible.
It’s almost been a year.
It seems like so much longer than that and yet it feels like it just happened.
And it’s still so unbelievable.
I can’t believe he’s gone.
I can’t believe he will never hold his son again,
and he never got to meet his baby girl.
What else can I say, but, thank you?
You are missed. You are loved.
You are in a better place with the God you loved so well.
May my life look different, remembering that some gave all.
May I love as Christ commanded giving all of myself to the people around me.