This Sunday will be the second time I have written the article on the front page of our church bulletin. And, since most of you, my faithful blog readers, don’t get the opportunity to read the Glendale Church of Christ Footnotes, I thought I’d post the article here too. Enjoy!
Memorial Day weekend: for some it is the first unofficial weekend of summer, a time to get away and relax from the stresses of work, school, and the everyday grind called life. For others it is a time to honor the men and women who have lost their lives in the service of the United States Military. And, for yet another group, it is simply a time of remembrance, a time to honor those who have gone on before us regardless of their career.
In conducting a little research for this article I found a couple interesting facts about Memorial Day that I would like to take a moment to share with you. You may, or may not, already be aware of these but I still want to call your attention to them, nonetheless. One Memorial Day tradition is to fly the Flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon as a symbol of respect and/or mourning. I also found, interestingly enough, that there is going to be a National Moment of Remembrance taking place at 3 P.M., local time, across the nation. For one minute we, as a nation, are called, by congress, to pause in a national act of unity to honor those who have died for our freedom.
While I do not want to take anything away from those who have given their lives for the good of our country, I do want to call you to also remember the one who died, once and for all, to grant us our ultimate freedom. If it was not for Christ and his sacrifice, the freedoms of this country would be meaningless. So, I challenge you on this weekend of memory to, yes, remember your loved ones, but also, to remember your Savior as you participate in the traditions of Memorial Day.