On Memorial Day we remember those who died in military service to our country. This federal holiday originated after the Civil War to honor the 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had been killed. By the twentieth century it had become a day to honor all servicemen and women who had given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Memorial Day also is the unofficial start of summer. Swimming pools are open, and it’s a fun time to get together with family and friends to enjoy the warmer weather, outdoor activities, and for many of us, Family Camp. But on this Memorial Day, please don’t forget to REMEMBER.
First, REMEMBER those who have given their lives so you could live in a free country. As the old saying goes, freedom isn’t free, and we should be thankful for their sacrifice. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Many American men and women have laid down their lives for you. Spend some time on Memorial Day remembering them.
Second, REMEMBER those who have given their lives in service to God. The Bible is full of examples of faithful men and women who were killed because of their belief in God. Jesus told us that “in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33), and Paul reminded us that “everyone who wants to live a godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). There are brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world who have been and are being persecuted and even killed for their faith. Please pray for them and give thanks to God for their service.
Finally, and most importantly, REMEMBER Jesus Christ, your Savior. On this Memorial Day and every day throughout the year, give thanks to the Lord for His sacrifice and to the Father for giving us “his one and only Son” (John 3:16). Jesus gave his life to pay our debt and he has given us abundant life and the gift of the Holy Spirit. We must always remember his sacrifice. ”Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).