We MUST Remember

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We observed Memorial Day this weekend. The year is 2019 and life continues to move along. On this Memorial Day there are many things that come to my mind as I consider the struggles that are being faced by people in America.

This past week we saw the lives of people taken in storms across this land. It has been a sad time as people deal with the loss of a loved one. Our community has been dealing with the deaths as well. Loved ones that we have spent our lives with are now gone and we are left to deal with that loss.

I heard on the news about a nine year old girl that was tragically killed when their car was hit by drag racers in an intersection in a city. This young life was taken by a senseless accident. There are so many “if’s” that could be asked at this time, but none would change the fact that she has been taken from her family. Her family is hurting and in need of fervent prayer.

Our cemeteries have many whose stories are similar to these that I’ve mentioned. There are those killed in accidents on the road, at work, or even in the home. There were those killed by violent attacks that horrify you just to think about it. Death by violence has become almost a constant in our society today. It is troublesome for me to see all that is taking place.

Yet on this Memorial Day we are asked to remember. To remember the son killed in action. The Dad who never returned from the war. To the mother who was killed as she fulfilled her duty in the service. We are called to remember those who were shot down, blown up, and buried at sea. The remembering is painful to say the least.

Without the memories of the sacrifices given we might possibly fall into the dismal abyss of forgetfulness. We must not forget the price that has been paid, the lives that have been given, and the cost of defending our great nation. We MUST remember.

We MUST remember - lest we forget and find ourselves fighting the same battles of generations past. -- Lest we forget and find ourselves walking down a path that we wouldn’t have walked if we would have brought to remembrance the sacrifice of those gone before us. -- Lest we forget and are forced to walk over ground already soaked with blood of heroes past.

Hebrews 13:7 says – “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” We MUST remember those who gave of themselves so that we might be blessed in this great land.

Memorial Day is not just a time to have an extra day off from work. It is a time when we remember those who have gone before us and given of themselves in service to this country.

As you reflect back on Memorial Day did you pause and give thanks for someone who gave their life in service for our country? Did you give thanks for the memory of that loved one who passed away? Did you take the time to simply share a story of one who had gone on?

Memorial Day is a time for remembering. I’m sure that the families of fallen heroes remember. But, do we? We MUST remember the price that was paid so we can enjoy the riches of this nation to their fullest. It is something to consider and remember at this time.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul