Remembering on Memorial Day

We honor the fallen men and women who died serving this county. Their sacrifice made the freedoms we have today. And our church history is filled with Godly leaders that paved the way to our present church.

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It is important to memorialize our friends. In John 15, we learn that we are actually a “society of friends”.

God wants us to be friends with Him. Friendship with God is the most powerful thing in the world, and God is dissatisfied with us when we try to be friends with the world because it makes us an enemy of God (Matthew 12:30).

Friendship with God means that we have to be connected with Him like branches in a vine. John 15  tells us that we are the branches and Jesus is the vine. Jesus cares about the things matter to us. Jesus is touched by our feeling of infirmity (Hebrews 4:15). He sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day that commemorates something we should never forget. This special day started near the end of the Civil War and within a few years of the practice of placing flowers on military graves, it was called “Decoration Day”.

After World War 1, it became a national holiday dedicated to remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom that we enjoy.

Soldiers often go without water, food, sleep, medical treatment, seeing their family, and other unimaginable hardships. Sacrifice is a major hardship for the solider. The hardship of being a solider is un-comprehensible for someone who hasn’t lived it themselves. The truth is many of us seem to forget or really don’t understand the sacrifice a solider has to make. Paul admonished Timothy to endure hardness as a good solider.

2 Timothy 2:3-4

 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Memories are very practical when remembering history and how we got where we are today. But, memories start to fade and details get left out and forgotten. Sometimes we need help to jog our memories. In the Bible, we find out that God has given us some reminders.

Genesis 9:11-13

Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.

Every time we see a rainbow, it serves as a reminder of God’s promise. Today as we look out out among the grave sites, we see decorations of red, white, and blue. We see a multitude of colors with flowers that have been placed on fallen heroes. Today, we too have to set some reminders as we remember our soldiers throughout our decorations just as God sends us colorful rainbows as a reminder.