Memorial Day

Memorial Day: REMEMBER 

Hey it’s me again… I’ve been wondering about Memorial Day. Is it a day for—great bargains at the local shopping center…family Bar-B-Q’s…opening pools…starting the summer…the beginning of the linen wear season…(you’ve got to be a clothes person to get that one honoring fallen military heroes…remembering deceased loved-ones…national expressions of patriotism or maybe all of the above? 

I have a problem when a legitimate holiday becomes just another day-off for cookouts and shopping mall sales. When I think about President’s, Veteran’s, MLK, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day(s)—you name it, becoming another day for greed and excess it make me wince. As a society, do we really want to honor our military heroes and deceased loved-ones with a mattress sale and shrimp on the grill? 

It seems to me we should honor the sacrifice of our military heroes and loved one with something more reverent. Back in the day we would go to the gravesite of a recently deceased loved-one and place flowers. I’ve even seen folks go place small flags at the headstones at military cemeteries. I wonder how we could do justice to Memorial Day. Memorial day is about remembering and never forgetting Remembering is very important. There are a number of place in the Bible where the People of God are told to remember or never forget an event, victory, command etc. 

• Moses said to the people, "Always remember this day. This is the day when you came out of Egypt from a house of slavery. God brought you out of here with a powerful hand…

• Remember, yes, remember in detail what God, your God, did to Pharaoh and all Egypt. Remember the great contests to which you were eyewitnesses: the miracle-signs, the wonders, God's mighty hand as he stretched out his arm and took you out of there…

• Make sure you don't forget God, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today…

• Don't forget that you were once a slave in Egypt. So be diligent in observing these regulations…

Remembering is important. Someone has said that if we don’t remember the mistakes of the past we are bound to repeat them. God has always asked his people to remember his faithfulness and promise to them. He tells us to remember and to also teach the next generation so they also remember and not forget. 

During this Memorial Day, maybe add some type of remembrance activity to your day.

Remember those military heroes who have given their lives for our nation…remember recently lost loved-ones and remember that God is faithful as we remember. jfhey-ii

 

Posted by James Heyward at 9:08 PM