Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Day to Remember

A memorial is a remembrance of someone who has died. In our nation, we understand that freedom and peace have a price. Freedom and peace costs us the lives of our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors.
In honor of those who gave their lives in sacrifice for our freedom we have set aside a national day of remembrance, we call it Memorial Day, which we celebrate tomorrow, and this is Memorial Day Weekend. Everyone is encouraged to take a moment at 3 p.m. tomorrow and remember those brave souls who chose the course and served the cause, giving their lives in defense of our Nation’s decided best interests.
There are so many heroes in our past who served in one way or another to make America great. Men and women alike … those who sailed with and supported Columbus, families on the Mayflower, the colonialist who braved the elements of a new harsh world, those early pioneers and settlers of the west, men and women of science and medicine, those who brought the railways to connect the Atlantic with the Pacific, people like Lewis and Clarke, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers and the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr., … so many educators and philanthropist, inventors and astronauts, homemakers and shipbuilders, factory workers and farmers … first responders across America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, a land filled with heroes.
Every day of the year could be a special day commemorating a different segment of our society for their unselfish and sacrificial contribution in making America great and leaving a legacy behind.
However, one class of citizen stands out on the front lines of our nation when we think of the heroes of our past, it’s the American Soldier. Memorial Day is about those who died defending us in war.
Bow your hearts with me as we remember these brave men and women in a prayer of thanksgiving to God for their service and their sacrifice.
John 15 NKJV
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
One Sunday morning a father and his young son were sitting in church and the young lad noticed a plaque hanging on the wall with several names engraved on it. “What is that father?” the young man asked. It’s the names of all those who died in the service, the father replied. Which service was it, questioned the son, the 9 o’clock or the 11 o’clock.
In our 10:30am Service today we are going to honor 74 Sailors who lost their lives on June 2, 1969, serving on the USS Frank E. Evans, a Naval Destroyer, number 754. Our Church has purchased 100 folded flag necklaces through Point 27 from Shields of Strength, which we will be sending to the Gold Star families of these sailors who gave their all in defense of our nation’s decided bests interests.
There is nothing like the noble death of a family member or friend who has been lost in the line of duty whether military or first responder. Many have placed their lives on the line and returned home … some have not. We owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to them and to their families for the sacrifice made. May we never forget!
Let’s look again at our scriptures for today from John 15
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Three Lasting Truths
1.   If you want to be great you must become a servant.
2.   Life is not always a choice but, how we live is.
3.   God never forgets a sacrifice … nor should we!

May God bless America and the memory of her best and bravest sons and daughters who gave their all. And may we never forget the debt we owe our Heavenly Father for the sacrifice of His Only Son so that we might have a peace filled eternity when our work on earth is done.