Last night the incredible loss of my son Eddie came rushing back to me in a brief yet refreshing sense of grief. It is refreshing because grieving is necessary and its briefness is the mercy of God keeping us from dealing with it all at once. The knowledge that the Memorial Day weekend is upon us brought the memories of September 19, 2007 back to me again for the first time.
My son was a hero in every sense of the word. While Eddie would not agree with that statement, he and hundreds of thousands of men and women have given what Abraham Lincoln described in his Gettysburg Address as “the last full measure.” It is a sacrifice many of us imagine making but only a few are asked and even less answer the call. It is a sacrifice that our Lord Jesus not only admired but also freely gave: