Today is Memorial Day in the US. This is a national holiday to honor those who died during military service. I hate the horrors of war and nonetheless acknowledge that there are evil regimes that prompt just military opposition.
I feel numb when I think about soldiers who died in battle and soldiers who returned from war with major physical and mental injuries. I also have no idea how to make the numbness go away before the end of all wars.
Yesterday, I experienced an epiphany about Memorial Day. As a universalist, I believe that Christ never ceases to reach out to anybody who died. I primarily focus my intercessory prayers on the living, but I can pray for the dead, especially on Memorial Day. First, I pray for every US soldier who died in battle. Some lived honorably and others lived dishonorably. Regardless, I pray for their well being. For those who died lost and are still lost, I pray to bless them and that they reconcile with God. And I pray to bless those how are already reconciled with God. Second, I pray the same for every soldier from all other nations who died in battle, even if they fought against the US.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lot. (Luke 23:34 NIV)