When you think of this national holiday what comes to mind? Maybe you're thankful for a day off of work or school. If you love to shop, Memorial Day might remind you of the sales at the mall. What about family barbeques and picnics? Is this all there is to Memorial Day... relaxing, shopping, family and friends?
Let's take a trip back in time. Before you begin reading ask the Lord to open your heart to the real meaning and purpose for this day of honor.
General John L. Logan is credited for naming May 30, 1868 as the first Memorial Day. This day, dating back as far as The Civil War, is observed in the United States as a commemoration of those members of the armed forces killed in war. Allow these quotes to soak in...
They fell, but o'er their glorious grave floats free the banner of the cause they died to save. ~Francis Marion Crawford
For love of country they accepted death... ~James A. Garfield
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell
These brave men and women sacrificed their lives for the freedoms and liberties of this great nation - The United States of America. As we remember these fallen heroes we must never forget America is still One Nation Under God! What a blessing knowing God is in charge of all creation, life, history, and the future of this great nation.
Likewise, we must not forget the ultimate hero... Jesus! He died so that we could have eternal freedom from the bondage of sin. He won the battle with Satan at the cross. He conquered the grave. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. With a heart of praise to God read Psalm 77:10-11...
But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the Lord. Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary... Who is so great a God who does wonders. You have declared Your strength among the peoples. Ps. 77:10-11
Challenge for the Week... Thank God for those who sacrificed their lives for freedom to prevail in America. Thank Him that we are "One Nation Under God" and pray for this to live on for years to come. Praise God for the Prayer Heroes who through out history sacrificed their time to serve the Lord as they prayed for America. I feel certain a Medal of Honor is reserved for them in heaven! Let's keep this prayer chain alive... Pray for America! Amen.
From My Heart to Yours,