LGD 131: Sacrifice

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a sentry watching over the tomb

Today we honor the sacrifice of the men and women who have died for our freedom.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a sentry watching over the tomb
Photo by Dave Anthold (2014) | Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

For several years, I have spent time photographing cemeteries all across the United States.

You might think it’s a bit morbid, but there is beauty among the headstones.

During my college years, I took a class titled Death and Dying. One of our assignments was to visit a cemetery and observe people’s behaviors in the cemetery as they came to visit.

I have some pretty interesting stories of life among the headstones; however, there is one common theme in all cemeteries – headstones that identify the individual as a veteran.

There have been Civil War veterans, Confederate veterans, the American Revolution, and our most recent wars.

There is no better place to observe Veterans’ practices and the honor they receive than at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 2014, my buddy Hugo and I spent the day there, walking among the honored guests. We traveled off the beaten path and found some extraordinary heroes.

Sadly, we also came across the graves of infants who were the sons and daughters of servicemen and women.

My aunt is interned at Arlington National Cemetery, and my uncle will soon join her.

It is powerful to experience the care and love these servicemen and women provide to military families. They take time to speak with the family, explain the proceedings, and allow them to grieve through the process of laying to rest their family members.

Some residents come to stay much later in life, while others find their home at Arlington much too soon.

These men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect my freedom and my rights.

However, nothing compares to the sacrifice that Christ suffered on the cross so that I could live in eternity with Him.

It says in John 3:16,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Today, we salute our men and women of the military for their brave and selfless acts. Some have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives, and others are still with us.

We honor them and appreciate them for their heroism.

Let us not forget that this world is not our permanent residence, it is only temporal, and one day, we will see our Savior face-to-face.

Today, say a prayer for our many servicemen and women serving around the globe so that we can be free.

Prayer: Lord, please protect the men and women who are faithfully serving around the globe. Keep them safe and put an extra hedge of protection on them. Send your angels to be with them today. Amen!


I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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