Each year on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July 4th we fly the flag which came from my parent’s old house. It’s a symbolic act with deep meaning. I guess you could say it shows some level of patriotism — patriotism that remembers and acknowledges the many lives of those who died in military conflicts. According to PBS, the total of deaths from USA wars is estimated at over 1.1 million. Memorial Day is a commemoration day of remembrance. I once read, “We are acknowledging as a community—a nation—people who died in military conflicts. Days, moments, or rituals of solemnity serve an important role in our communal and spiritual act of remembering. Acts of remembering can teach us and guide us if we open ourselves to learning from them—a second, third or hundredth time.”  What do we need to continue learning from commemorating Memorial Day? If you want to learn more about Memorial Day there are numerous resources out there to review. But the resources didn’t help me much about the deeper thing and what I need to continue learning about commemorating this special (and sacred) day.  We just invite you to pause sometime during this day and ponder.  Here are a few quotes that were helpful as we celebrate Memorial Day.  President Harry S. Truman said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”  President Eisenhower reminded us, “a people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” Henry Ward Beecher declared, “They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.”  Author Marie Rutkoski writes, “Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.” Enjoy your day and remember.

Scripture Reading: Acts 20:35
“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Reflection Question:
Who do you need to remember?
What acts do you hope to be remembered for?
What will help you walk on the path of deeper faithfulness?

Prayer:
Holy God, remind me to lift up my eyes unto you, for you bring me help and fill me with courage.  Keep my remembrance strong as I walk in your ways of peace.  Let me learn the path of faithfulness. Amen.