Pastor's Corner

31 May
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Mid-Week Challenge

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day!  As the official kickoff to summer, we often miss the true meaning behind this holiday.  Marked as a day to remember those who gave their life in defense of our country and our world, the last Monday in May gives Americans the opportunity to say a prayer of thanksgiving for these brave men and women.  Cemeteries across our nation proudly display the American Flag on tombstones, perhaps the most famous being Arlington National Cemetery.  Have you ever wondered how all those flags get placed in such a large area?  Not the Boy Scouts, family members or the local church.  A special Army unit has the honor of placing more than 280,000 small flags, one boot length from the base of each headstone.  About 1,000 soldiers with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the "Old Guard," have the special mission of honoring our war dead each Memorial Day weekend.  Here is a great short article that is worth reading.

I am very thankful for groups like the 3rd Infantry Regiment that place reminders for all to see.  We need these special markers and days to cause us to pause and give thought to why we are able to have the things that we have in our country.  Like all things worth having, freedom comes at a price.  For these fallen soldiers and their families freedom came at a high price.  The Bible reminds us of the importance of not losing sight of our past.  The longer the amount of time that goes by from a historic event to the present day the more likely we are to forget about that which has shaped us into who we are as a people.  God has given us a great command in Deuteronomy 32:7 - Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.

Freedom is not a guarantee, it is an opportunity.  If we forget what it takes to maintain our freedom we will as soon lose it.  Read up on our nation’s history and say a prayer for those in uniform!    

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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