FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ We have the honor and privilege on the last Monday in May each year to remember the men and women who have given their lives for our country. Those who gave, as President Abraham Lincoln called it, “the last full measure of devotion,” in our country’s defense. They also helped preserve the many unprecedented civil and religious freedoms that we hold dear. To remember what they sacrificed is a memorial to their lives and devotion.
We as Christ-followers, of all people, should understand the importance of remembering. We are truly memorial people because our faith depends on remembering. Our Heavenly Father has surrounded us with memorials for our remembrance. The feasts instituted for the nation of Israel are memorials. The rainbow is a memorial to God’s promise to the mankind (see Genesis 9:13). Every time the church meets, it is in remembrance and a memorial. Each time someone accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, each time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, each time there is a baptism, each time we celebrate Easter, each time we celebrate Christmas, they are all memorials. These memorials remind us of how much our Father in Heaven loves us and how valuable we are to Him. Remembering His love and grace is necessary to fuel our faith in God’s future faithfulness and leading in our lives.
John 14: 26 says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” We are reminded of what Jesus has said by the Holy Spirit and by meditating on His Word (a memorial). Psalm 1:2 instructs us that “his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.” By doing so daily, we are making every day a Memorial Day as we consistently bring to remembrance God’s instruction and His love for us all. ~ Blessings, protection, and favor to all.