Color Guard visited several cemeteries around our nation.
Just think about all around the nation, the number of services that happened. Many people were gathered around together to remember the lives of those loved ones who were and are serving in our armed forces.
We celebrate & remember:
Those who have served & died in that service. Even remembering those who are serving all around the globe at this moment, we offer our prayers & thoughts.
Memorials in general. What are they? Reminders to Remember. So we don’t forget and thankfully we all have days like yesterday that encourages people to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and remember. It is so important not to forget and sadly, many have taken advantage of this day as just a free vacation day. Yet, I am proud and thankful that so many do take the time to come and remember.
In the Bible, Memorials are prevalent as well. God set a rainbow in the sky after the flood, altars that were built to the Lord… the Bible itself reminds us of a Good & Gracious God.
Let me share one other particular event that took place in the history of Israel: Joshua 4:19-24
On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”
These “Standing Stones” are very significant:
12 Stones that were taken from the Jordan River. Why from the Jordan River? Sentimental reason – It is where God worked a miracle. How many of you have kept something due to sentiment? There’s significance to us when we choose to hold onto something. It may not mean anything to anyone else, but to you it means a great deal. You are connected in some way & don’t want to forget.
What about for a nation like Israel? What do these Standing Stones mean? God’s providence & faithfulness. As if the Red Sea hadn’t been enough, now they cross the Jordan river on dry ground, moving into their destiny. The people of Israel were crossing the Jordan River in order to receive the inheritance that had been promised to them by God. Why was this done? That the people would remember. That all peoples would know… the Lord is powerful. That they should fear Him with reverence & awe
What “Standing Stones” do we have around today? Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Local cemeteries, Statues, plaques, ribbons, etc… Memorials – Large & Small to be remembered.
We have these “Standing Stones” all around to help us to remember and not forget...the good or the bad:
World Trade Center – Terrorism, Heroism & Unity
Pearl Harbor – War
Wounded Knee – Betrayal
American Flag – Freedom
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Brave Men & Women
And so many others…
It’s so important to take the time to remember. These “Standing Stones” are for us and the generations to come. We must pass along the history that has helped to make us who we are today.
Remember, I’m praying for you…we’re all in this together.