May 29, 2017

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.

We have a community service on the Sunday before Memorial Day in my town followed by a picnic. It is always a great event. During the picnic I was chitchatting with a nonagenarian (that means 90 or more years old) who had his roots in our congregation but now attends elsewhere, when out of nowhere he tells me about being shot down over Poland in WWII, spending a year in a prison camp, retreating with the Germans as the Russians advanced and being abandoned in the forest as the allies approached. He had a piece of paper in his pocket which he showed me with the names of the crew members. He was remembering them in a special way this day. There are only a few veterans of the Second World War still around our community. My father was one but he is gone now. When I was growing up almost every adult I met had served. They had their stories but I was usually too interested in other things to pay close attention. Now that I am older I wish I had been more attentive. There is a perspective on the hand of God in life that only comes with age. Whether it concerns military service or family history or witness to faith, let us do as Moses commanded the people in the above verse- ask and remember.

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