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Bread for the Journey

Memorial Day in the United States is this Monday May 26th. My husband's father served in the U.S. Army during World War II. We had the chance to visit my father-in-law's grave site in California at the Riverside National Cemetery in May of 2012. 

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

I understand that many Mennonites are Pacifists but have served in other capacities during times of war that did not involve combat. We remember everyone's service who have since died during this day in May. 

We all look forward to the day that we finally have peace. Until then and while we are on this earth we can have peace from God. Here are some verses about that peace.

John 14:27 (NASB) Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

The best peace is peace with God. 


  1. We all long for peace. As we see the conflict around the world we continue to recognize those that have fought for freedom around the world. Your father in law was born a year before my dad.
    Thank you for those verses Ellen.

  2. Amen to that. Peace on earth is going to take some very specific circumstances, but peace with God is always possible.

  3. God bless you ladies. I thank God for all the men and women who served, as Lovella said, for the sake of freedom. Thank you for your beautiful post. - Love, Marie


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