To Remember and Respond – Memorial Day

May 31, 2022

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A memorial is something that is meant to be remembered. But the significance of a memorial does not lie in the past, but in the future.

Every year, Americans take a day to remember those who sacrificed everything in service to our nation. Originally, it was known as Decoration Day—a day to remember the 620,000 U.S. soldiers who gave their lives in the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln said they gave “the last full measure of devotion.”

Why do we remember? Memorials are a guide to keep us on the right path. If we forget, we face the pain of learning again. When we remember, the sacrifices of others remain meaningful. But remembering is not enough—we must respond. We must determine what’s worth the “last measure of [our] devotion” and give our lives to that.

“When you remember, the sacrifices of others remain meaningful.”

Jesus is worthy of your devotion. The cross is your memorial—a reminder of the price that was paid by God for your salvation. How can you respond? By spreading the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ with the last full measure of your devotion. Have a blessed Memorial Day!

“But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember
to do his commandments,” Psalm 103:17-18.

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