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Our son was killed in Iraq three years ago, and I don't think we'll ever get over it. It was his second tour of duty, and we were proud of him for wanting to serve his country. But now it all seems so hopeless.


Today is Memorial Day in our nation, a day set aside to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to defend our freedoms. The Bible’s words certainly apply to those we remember on this special day: “Give everyone what you owe him… if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:7).

May this day be a special time of encouragement and comfort to you, as you remember your son’s devotion to his country and his sacrifice in its service. Almost nothing is harder than losing a son or daughter — and I want to assure you that God knows the hurt and grief you bear. May you find special strength as you commit your sorrow into His hands.

May you also realize on this day that you are not alone, for others also are walking this same path. But may you especially realize that your son’s death was not useless, and on this day we should thank God for all those who paid the ultimate price to defend our nation.

Your burden of grief is understandable, but may God’s promises of comfort and peace ease your burden and give you hope for the future. After all, God knows what it is to lose a Son — and yet because of Christ’s sacrifice, we can have hope for eternal life as we put our faith and trust in Him. Put your life into His hands, for He alone could say, “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25).

Put your hope in Christ today.

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  1. Thelma A says:

    my husband & I lost our only cancer. He was 33 and our only child. He wasn’t married, lived on his own for several years, then moved back in with us. I think OUR HEAVENLY FATHER gave us that time together. We were very close and Cody was a great young man. He accepted JESUS as his Savior when he was 13. It was a rare cancer, that came on suddenly. Like Jacob stated when he thought his son Joseph was dead…I will mourn until I die..and I will…but also I am comforted to know I will see Cody again…I can hardly wait…but until that time…GOD gives me strength and grace for each day! Nothing compares with knowing HIM, I couldn’t make it without HIS STRENGTH, GRACE, PATIENCE, COMFORT! WHAT A SAVIOR JESUS IS!

  2. Glenn says:

    I too lost a son…not in war but 2 weeks from his High School Graduation by a man who ran a stopsign. You never get over it…as an old judge told me (who also lost a child) “you'll laugh again but never as hard as before).

  3. Sue says:

    I've had family in the military for 41 yrs. and it's hard to let go of your loved ones, but remember they are with the Lord in heaven and you will see them someday soon. I want to thank your son and everyone else whose served our country. Thank you