Happy Memorial Day! Memorial Day is when we remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. It actually first came into existence as Decoration Day and it was designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of those who had died in defense of their country in the Civil War. The original date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle. I think maybe that way it couldn’t be honoring one side or the other of the Civil War because, well when lives are lost we are all losers. But when Freedom was gained we all became winners. (Those last 2 sentences are completely my thoughts, the rest of the paragraph are facts.)
Decoration Day became Memorial Day over the years and it began to be a way to commemorate all U. S. Soldiers who had died in a war. And in 1971 began being observed the last Monday in May. It also is a federal holiday which is why most offices and banks are closed. While most of us celebrate it as the the beginning of Summer it is truly a day to remember that our Freedom isn’t free and that there were mothers who lost children, people who lost spouses, children who lost mothers and fathers. People lost their lives fighting for our freedom.
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Gal. 5:1)
Christ came to earth to die on the cross for our freedom as well. And as a Christian, I want to remember the U S Soldiers who gave their life for me but I also have to remember that Christ died on a cross to set me free from the bondage of sin. I have to remember that every single day, not just on a set aside day. Christ died on the cross to set me free once and for all and I asked Him into my heart and my heart was sealed for the day of redemption. However, the latter part of that verse, that says “Now make sure you stay free and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law” that is what feeds my every day need to sit at His feet and soak in some time with Him. You see I am a feeble minded woman and if I don’t come to Him daily and remember His cross and remember that He has set me free then I fall right back into the pit of self doubt, worry, self absorption, self destruction, self exaltation even. Left on my own without my Savior I know that I am not being the person, the woman God calls me to be. The person that He gave His life for. And when I start falling into those pits what I end up with is self loathing! But for Christ and what He did for me on the cross, I AM FREE! For the U. S. Soldier and what he or she did for us on the battlefield we are all Free. Be sure to take a moment today and remember the soldiers but also be sure to take a moment today and remember Christ! And then, MAKE SURE THAT YOU STAY FREE!
Please pray for the President, and all of our government leaders today!!