No matter what the weather has been doing, it really starts to feel like summer with Memorial Day! But as you celebrate our nation’s sacrifices and take some much needed time off of work to bbq and play, make sure that you “redeem the time” and honor Christ on this holiday. After all, everything – including Memorial Day! – is “from Him, and through Him, and to Him, to Him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36). May these articles encourage you to walk by faith today!
Christians, of all people, understand the crucial importance of remembering. Christians are “memorial people” because the whole of our faith depends upon remembering. Those who persevere into the glorious future are those who remember the gracious past…
So as we commemorate Memorial Day as Americans, let us do it with profound gratitude for the extraordinary common grace given to us when men and women laid their lives down for the sake of America’s survival. And let us remember the past evils that we may not repeat them in the future.
And as Christians, let us make every day, as long as it is called today, a memorial day (Hebrews 3:13). Let us “take care lest [we] forget the Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:12).
Let us “remember Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:8).
A Prayer for Memorial Day
Triumphant Jesus, on this Memorial Day we gladly stop to honor the men and women who have served our country in various branches of the armed forces. In a world filled with “wars and rumors of war,” we don’t take our servicemen and servicewomen for granted. There has never been more of a thankless, even despised job.
But on this particular Memorial Day, we stop to honor you as the ultimate servant-warrior—the quintessential man of service—the one who, on the cross, waged the war to end all wars.
No one hates warfare among vying nations more than you. No one is more offended even by the petty and pointless squabbles between spouses and friends (James 4:1–2). No one paid a greater price to bring the final and full peace for which we intensely long and hope.
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