Dear Church Family,

It is Memorial Day weekend.  There has been a recent occurrence of reminders on Facebook saying:  “It’s Memorial Day, Not National BBQ Day.”  I understand the sentiment, as many of our holiday’s origins are being forgotten or minimized by our propensity to party and have a good BBQ. 

Now, just for the record, let me say this:  I love a good BBQ.  I am not an advocate of NOT enjoying the day, or having family and friends over for a picnic and BBQ.  A day like this is set aside for a purpose and that purpose needs to be remembered.  The origin and meaning of Memorial Day is summarized here:

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead.  After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

So, as we head into the Memorial Day Weekend, let’s not forget those who gave their lives while serving our nation.  May be you know a family, a widow or widower of someone who died while serving our country—why not let them know that you are grateful for the sacrifice their loved one made.  I think it’s also ok to honor the memory of those who served—and let their families know.

It is good to remember.  While a nation remembers and honors the memory of those who served our nation and gave their lives, we can also remember those who sacrificed their lives for the name of Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 11 is a good portion to read and remember there have been hundreds of thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ who gave their lives.  It is good to remember such sacrifice

God’s blessing to each of you!  See you on Sunday!

Pastor Paul