The Word — We must remember

Published 10:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2022

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The upcoming weekend is near and dear to my heart. This year I was surprised and pleased that they started the Memorial movies earlier than last year. Perhaps the current “wars and rumors of wars” is making people more mindful. It is hard to tell when there is so much self-focus in the world today. But we must remember!

The Word says, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) God reminds us of His great love.

Memorial Day/Weekend reminds us, of those who gave up their lives – so that we could have the freedoms that we have today. War cost. It cost much! It impacts our families, our friends, and our communities. It should also impact our country. Those that laid down their lives should mean something to every person that participates in the very liberties that they claim each day. We can easily ask the question, “Was their life worth enough?”

I remember a scene out of the old movie, the Ten Commandments. The Hebrews are enslaved. They are laboring to build Pharoah his buildings. Huge stones are being cut and laid in place. The stones are so huge it takes many men to hold the stones with ropes and to heave/move those stones into place. In the middle of the scene an elderly, slave woman is passing out water to the Hebrews. Somehow the edge of her dress gets caught into a huge stone. She cannot get it out and she is wedged in the middle of two stones which are being pushed together. The supervisors continue to drive the slaves to push the stones together. They have no regard for her life. Then a Hebrew girl and another Hebrew man stops the slaves and gets the elderly woman free. Of course, the supervisors seize the two Hebrews for stopping the production. You will have to watch the rest of the movie, but that scene shows a wonderful example of laying down a life.

Just as the two Hebrews put themselves into harms way to save the lady. Our military put themselves in harms’ way and gave their lives for us. Again, “We must remember!”

As a Christ Follower we can appreciate the sacrifices made for our freedoms. We accept the great sacrifice God made for the world as His Son, Jesus, laid down His life for all of humanity. Every day we walk in spiritual liberty because God remembered us. We are not slaves to this world, to this environment or to a place called hell. We are free. This week may we all remember.

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