Reflecting on Memorial Day

Mr Coty's Grave by Renee Coty
For many of us, Memorial Day is a tough holiday. We may have lost loved ones in conflict, or experienced combat firsthand. While we are called to remember those who served, some of us may prefer to forget painful experiences. Unfortunately, for those that survive, forgetting is not always an option. Something small can key a long buried memory, something simple. Perhaps a news item about someone that looks like a person long gone, or a place or situation that seems ordinary to everyone else, yet menacing beyond belief to a combat veteran. So I was touched by this photo of Mr. Coty’s grave. He served in Viet Nam and the effects of that experience haunted him and affected his family. Not every day, or all the time. Yet perhaps the randomness was the toughest part. His daughter and grandson visited the grave this weekend, and left flowers. So today we remember, because for those who serve, it may be too painful to remember. With humble hearts we thank you for your service, not knowing the price that was paid. With faithful hearts, we pray for healing and wholeness that is only possible through the grace and mercy of God. Text by Connie Chintall ©2011, Photo by Renee Coty.

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  1. Nancy Gisin
    May 25, 2015 @ 11:50:19

    Hello Connie. My hysband and I met you a few days ago while you were looking for your dog. I mentioned our church. It is Mt. Pleasant United Methodist, 3091 Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Louisa, va 23117. Services begin at 9:00 and a brunch follows. It is the sister church to the United Methodist Church in Mineral. I hope you will check it out. Love your blog

    Nancy

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