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REMEMBER (Memorial Day)

“Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your

father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you." (Deuteronomy

32:7, NKJV)


The Bible, the Old Testament in particular, is filled with the admonition to God's

people to remember. From Genesis to Revelation we are told to "remember" and

"do not forget."

Memorial Day in the United States is a day set aside by the federal government for

the citizens of the United States to "remember" those who served in the armed

forces and died in service. Different from Veterans Day when we honor and

celebrate all armed service members alive and deceased, Memorial Day is a day to

remember those who lost their lives in service. As this verse of scripture

encourages, we should remember and "consider the years of many generations . . ."

We must remember the service and the sacrifices of the many who died that we

might enjoy the freedoms and liberties we have today.

1. Is there anyone in your family who served and may have paid the price of

their life in service for humanity?

2. Though many will spend the day relaxing on their day off work, barbecuing,

enjoying the beach, parks and lakes, this is a day we should all take time to

remember those whose lives were given for our freedoms.

3. Many African Americans and other people of color served and died for our

country, who were not honored or recognized for their service and sacrifice. We

must not let this day go by without remembering them.

Spend a few moments in quiet reflection, giving thanks to God for those who

served and died for our liberty. In the Bible, for the Jews of the Old Testament, it

was a sin to forget. Let us not be guilty of the sin of forgetfulness. Let us today

and every day, REMEMBER!

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