This coming weekend we will celebrate two significant holidays, the first one on the Lord’s Day. We will remember, we will celebrate, as we do each week, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It never ceases to amaze me that after knowing the Lord all of these years, for decades at this point, and coming together for the Word, worship, remembrance, and celebration on a weekly basis, that it remains increasingly relevant, powerful, effective, and real.
The second holiday is Memorial Day, celebrated this coming Monday. We are challenged to intentionally stop and remember the real and ultimate sacrifice made by men and women in the purchase and protection of our political freedom. We are reminded that freedom isn’t free. Most of us possess it freely, but no freedom was obtained without price. Somebody paid. Somebody gave. Somebody sacrificed. Each somebody has a name, a face, a family, and a story. One of the best ways for us to remember the all is to remember the specific individuals within our own life stories that gave their lives.
People have forever been great forgetters and not-so-great rememberers. Scripture is filled with commands and encouragements to God’s people to remember. God commands us to pass on the great truths of His Word and His gracious works in this world to succeeding generations. Let’s intentionally look for ways to do that his week.
Psalm 78:1-7 “O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past–stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them– even the children not yet born– and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.”
See you this weekend, the Lord willing!