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    May 27, 2022


    This Memorial Day, we remember those in our Military who have given their lives for their country. We give honor to our fallen heroes.

    Jesus gave honor to self-sacrifice. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13

    GravestonesThe Library of Congress records the beginnings of Memorial Day. "Southern women decorated the graves of soldiers even before the Civil War's end. Records show that by 1865, Mississippi, Virginia, and South Carolina all had precedents for Memorial Day." And hymns were written just a few years after the Civil War ended to express the history of remembering. "Songs in the Duke University collection Historic American Sheet Music include [these] hymns published in the South in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping and Memorial Flowers." [1]

    These tributes focused on remembrance of our dead war heroes and honored the ladies who decorated their graves. 

    On May 5, 1865, Waterloo, New York, held a community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. President Lyndon B. Johnson led the federal government to declare Waterloo, New York, Memorial Day's birthplace.[2]

    Remembering is important. Throughout the Bible, God calls people to remember.

    • The Lord instructed the Israelites when they came into the Promised land, which He swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to beware lest they forget His works. "Then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him and Be careful not to go after other gods…for I the Lord your God is a jealous God" (Deuteronomy 6:12-15)
    • The Psalmist speaks to himself to remember. "Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me bless His Holy Name!" (Psalm 103:2)
    • Jesus instituted communion as a Memorial of His deep love for all the world's people. "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit." (I Peter 3:18). "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

    Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their life is honorable and vital. Thank the Lord for the men and women who have fought and died for this nation. This Memorial Day gives honor to whom honor is due. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones.

    Do not forget. God will keep His promises. He will complete His entire work of salvation. On that day, death, the enemy of God, will be no more.

    Take time this weekend to read I Corinthians 15 and thank God for His remembrance that proclaims the greatest hope to the world!

    For His Glory,

    Web Signature Brad

    [1] Today in History- May 30, https://loc.gov Memorial Day.

    [2] Memorial Day, History.com updated May 16, 2022