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Today is Memorial Day! Through remembrance, we honor those who served and sacrificed for our freedom! Thank you to all who have served and sacrificed!

As years pass and the events of history become a distant memory, it becomes easier to forget. God knows the forgetfulness of our human minds. Throughout the Bible, there are multiple passages on the importance of remembering. After the death of Moses, Joshua continued the mission to lead the Israelites, and God told Joshua to have them each set up stones as a memorial.

When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” (Joshua 4:1-7, ESV).

As we read this, it is clear remembrance was not only for them, but also to inform the next generation of God’s miraculous intervention in their lives.

History matters! As the generations continue it is important, not only that we remember, but also to tell the next generation. And today, we remember freedom for our country was bought by the cost of those who sacrificed before us, and for many the sacrifice was their lives. May we continue to honor them by remembering and sharing with our next generation.

Further back in history, may we continue to remember God's miraculous intervention for salvation. The ultimate sacrifice paid for our freedom through Jesus Christ. His death on the cross and resurrection paid the penalty for our sins, and all who put their trust in Him would have eternal life.

Let’s remember, and share today as we honor those who sacrificed for our county, and Jesus who sacrificed for our eternity!

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13, ESV).


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