“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
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!