Is joy expressed in reflections appropriate?
I Saw a post on Facebook yesterday that suggested wishing folks a “Happy Memorial day” was inappropriate.
I felt it was unfortunate to see, and it made me go through the whole self reflection and critique thing of how I might offer greetings or wishes from these pages. Yesterday in particular of course, when I did in-fact wish those reading a “Happy Memorial day” towards the end of the post.
I can only conclude that I am indeed happy. I am happy that we have a nation worth fighting for, that is better in oh-so-many ways than all others, that inspires courage, even in the face of the ultimate consequence.
Why wouldn’t we be happy throughout our celebration of those who would give their all to defend our way of life? We can certainly still appreciate dedication, sacrifice, valor, and heroism.
While we still pay respect solemnly, perhaps we can also give thanks to our Maker that we have protectors and advocates who stand between us and the plentiful misery so many others have endured across this earth for false prophets, flawed ideologies, and lust for power.
Tell me again why we shouldn’t be happy?
A few shots from a Traverse City Service yesterday are below.