This week begins with one of the few holidays it just seems wrong to put a “happy” in front of. That would be Memorial Day. The way Memorial Day is observed currently may make some wonder why you can’t say “Happy Memorial Day.” It seems that the day is mainly an excuse for a long weekend, to mark the unofficial beginning of summer and to save a few dollars on appliances, bedding and the like.
But Memorial Day was meant to be a day of honoring those who had made the greatest sacrifice to preserve for the rest of us the freedoms that we claim to hold so dear, yet so often take for granted. It was often referred to as Decoration Day because a major part of the observance was placing flowers or flags at the graves of those who had given their lives in the service of our nation.
This setting aside a day to remember something of lasting importance is not unique to America. There are many references in scripture to memorials, monuments and observances of God’s intercession on the behalf of His people. And often God Himself instructed that these memorials be used as a way of teaching future generation to remember what He has done, and will continue to do on our behalf.
From the institution of Passover in the Old Testament to the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament the Bible is full stories of the importance of not only remembering what God has done for us but of also passing along those stories to future generations so that they may come to a fuller understanding of God’s great love.
This week during Mid Day Prayer Time, Monday through Friday at about 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing scripture references that deal with some of these memorials.
Mon 05/29 John 15:12-14
Tue 05/30 Exodus 12:23-27
Wed 05/31 Joshua 4:1-7
Thu 06/01 Hebrews 12:1-3
Fri 06/02 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
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