Memorial Day is when we pause to reflect on the lives and sacrifice made by those who died in service to our country.
Oft quoted in relation to the day are the words of Jesus: "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13).
We usually consider those words written in red with the assumption that it is only in dying for others that love achieves its supremeness.
I'm not so sure. Consider the meaning, the power, and the beauty of laying one's life down for others in both life and death. That, in fact, seems to me the very model of the Christ-life.
A life lived completely in service to others is a life well lived.