We have all heard it said that every life may be such that we seek to live every day; with a sense of purpose, integrity, and the will for doing good as we seek to make the world a better place just as God envisioned it for all God’s people.
I am not one to romanticize war regardless of the plain or soil where battles have been fought. Neither do I feel that any war marked by time and causalities makes sense when it comes to promoting life on earth. Never the less, I am one who understands the need to give honor to those who gave their lives to something that in their hearts was a worthy cause; that none may have died in vain. Edgar A. Guest captures these sentiments well in a poem that he wrote entitled Memorial Day.
The finest tribute we can pay unto our hero dead today,
Is not a rose wreath, white and red, in memory of the blood they shed;
It is to stand beside each mound, each couch of consecrated ground,
And pledge ourselves as warriors true unto the work they died to do.
Into God’s valleys where they lie at rest, beneath the open sky,
Triumphant now o’er every foe, as living tributes let us go.
No wreath of rose or immortelles or spoken word or tolling bells
will do today, unless we give our pledge that liberty shall live.
The finest tribute we can pay unto our hero dead today
Is not of speech or roses red, but living, throbbing hearts instead,
That shall renew the pledge they sealed with death upon the battlefield:
That freedom’s flag shall bear no stain and free men wear no tyrant’s chain.
Although we do not consider Memorial Day a “church holy day,” never the less, we think it still important to remember when it comes to the topic of preserving freedom and the right to worship God in whatever way we see fit; so long as we, first and foremost, give honor and praise to the God of all the ages; the One who gave us life.
So remember our challenge this coming Memorial Day weekend: If not in worship, if not in community, or if not with gathered family, we ask that you do consider some time set aside for sacred and sanctimonious praise before you fire up the grill or gas up the boat or whatever it is that you do to gear up for summer.
And as always, I hope to see ya’ in church.