May 28, 2018

Deuteronomy 5:15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

“Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military…. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971” (https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history). It is important to remember. I spend time each month with members of our congregation now in nursing homes whose memories are substantially gone or receding. Our memories are our last points of connection with the events and people that have comprised our lives. When our memories go we lose our sense of self. So, remember this Memorial Day. Remember people who sacrificed for you even though they never knew your name. Remember how different your life might have been if they had not done the things they did. Remember that, whether they were aware of it or not, they were the hand of God bringing us the blessings we so treasure. This week, act on the memories of God’s blessings.

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