Dear Grace Baptist Church Family,
It is appropriate to say something about Memorial Day Weekend. It is for most the unofficial beginning of summer. Many, though not all, schools are out. Graduations have taken place and the “summer mode” sets in. Most people this weekend will try to get with family and friends and have a cookout and relax. It seems this is the way of the majority of national holidays in our country.
Sadly, the reason and meaning of Memorial Day is of little to no concern for the majority. But I believe we should think about it. You can read the history of the day if you choose but in short it was set aside as a national day of remembrance of all who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. If that is your case, then this weekend has special significance. But again the overwhelming majority in our nation are not in that situation.
But there was a time when that was not true. There have been times in our history when parents and spouses and siblings were always aware that they might be next to receive notification that their loved one died in battle. I cannot imagine that sense of loss or living with the fear of the possibility.
Our nation has been blessed with brave soldiers—men and women who whether by choice or not have fought for our freedom and for the freedom of others. I am grateful for all who “more than self their country loved and freedom more than life.”
Thank you to every one of our military past and present. We owe you a debt of gratitude!!
We are on rocky and turbulent times in our nation. You don’t have to be pessimistic to see that we are dangerously close to collapse on many fronts. There are many wonderful things about our nation and the freedoms that we have and cherish. But the big concern that was proposed by Benjamin Franklin is still and perhaps is even bigger today as noted here:
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” (Benjamin Franklin)
NOTICE: “If you can keep it.”
Now, God is not threatened by any form of government. He rules and reigns. He is God. Whatever our concerns are we need to make sure that we place all our faith and confidence in Him, not in government.
And a final challenge to you is necessary. The only real hope is in Christ! No program and no government can offer what only Jesus can give. He sets captives free. He heals the brokenhearted. He saves the lost.
Let’s make it our purpose not just to enjoy our country or freedom, not just to have a good weekend or a summer vacation. Let us live with a renewed desire and commitment to tell others about Jesus Christ. You might get the opportunity this weekend!
n closing, I encourage you to pray for our services, for our church and for me as well. Would you take a few private moments between now and Sunday morning to pray?
I look forward to worshipping the Lord together with you.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him, others are found and shared with permission from the original authors, some of who wish to remain anonymous.
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