Memorial Day 2011

“A hero is someone who has given their lives for something bigger than themselves” .. Joseph Campbell

Here we are, the official start to the summer of 2011. All school systems across the state have ended regular class schedules, and this weekend the grills will be open, the lake will be full, and people will travel all over to visit on this long Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day began as a day to remember the great sacrifice that our soldiers have made for each of us, so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have, even the freedom to assemble here today without any outside interference.  We are so grateful to each of our men and women who serve in our military, many risking their lives, and sacrificing time from their families so that we can continue to enjoy so many privileges that we sometimes take for granted.

I can’t help but think of the power of our memories, for many of you who have family and loved ones who have passed from this life, you understand that there are things which help to trigger memories of those you love. Each and every Lord’s day we have the opportunity to remember the sacrifice that Jesus provided and God the Father allowed on the cross as we spend time partaking in the Lords supper (1 Cor 11:24-26). As grateful as we are to each of our soldiers for their sacrifice so we can have the hope of the freedoms we enjoy, we should be all the more grateful to our God for His sacrifice so we can have the hope of heaven.  What are some things we should be grateful for, and reminded of as time marches on?

Above all things we should remember that there was a time when we had “no hope” (Eph 2:12). The death of Christ on the cross was absolutely necessary for us to have a home in heaven. 

Jesus is preparing a place for those who are Christians (John 14:1-3). While trying to comfort His disciples Jesus reminds them of how although He is going away, He is going away to prepare them a home, an eternal home, and Jesus is also preparing a home, an eternal home for those who are faithful to the end.

God is a God of love, who has proven His love to each of us: (John 3:16, 1 John 4:8). One of the simplest descriptions of God in the Bible, yet, one of the most easily understood ones is a three letter phrase “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The bible describes love as patient and kind (1 Cor 13:4), and the bible also describes God as patient (2 Pet 3:15) and kind (Rom 2:4)

Ande Z