Memorial Day will be observed in less than two weeks. For those who may not know, it was formerly known as Decoration Day. It is a holiday which honors the memory of fallen soldiers of the United States who died while serving their country and was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers after the American Civil War and extended after World War One to honor Americans who have died in all previous wars.
For many years and for far too many it has lost its importance and now merely represents the beginning of summer vacation. It has also been set apart as a time to remember loved ones who have passed even if they never served in the military.
I certainly don’t want to appear as unpatriotic, and I’ll say now that I’m not; still I have to wonder why we at times seem more hyped up by holidays and observances instituted by man and less hyped up about remembering God.
From the Psalms David wrote…When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Ps 63:6-8
When we remember God we remember what He has said and done it the past and we can apply it to our present situation. David said “My soul clings to you”. Too often instead of us clinging to God, in our rush to get on with our work or our activities we try to race ahead of God.
He is our Creator
His grace, mercy and love
His wonders, miracles and judgments
How fleeting life is
That He so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead
As Memorial Day approaches may we all give honor and remembrance to those who have fought and died for our freedom and to preserve this nation, and first and foremost may we always remember to praise God, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thess 2:16-17