In the United States, Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen soldiers. Many of us take for granted the men and women in our families who have returned safely from war; however, there are many who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives to fight for our country. Today is about them. It is about being thankful that someone could be so selfless that they traded their freedom for yours. They traded their life for the sake of saving yours. On this Memorial Day, the EmpowerMoments team remembers all of the soldiers who didn’t return with the rest of the troops.
While we commemorate Memorial Day here, it isn’t a “new” thing. In the scripture, there were many “memorials” used to remember something that God had done. When God opened the Jordan River so that the Israelites could cross with the Ark of the Covenant, He instructed Joshua to make a memorial.
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever. Joshua 4:1-7 NIV
While the memorial in the scripture above is an actual monument, perhaps the most notable memorial holiday is that of the Passover. You can read the story in Exodus 12. To this day, the Passover is still celebrated amongst the Jews as a way to remember when God delivered them from bondage in Egypt. As a matter of fact, God gave these instructions: This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance. Exodus 12:14 NIV
Do you have any “memorials” in your life that tell the story of where God brought you from? Perhaps, you may have a way of remembering so that you don’t forget the goodness that He has shown you. On this Memorial Day, remember not only the brave men and women who so valiantly fought for this country and died, but also remember the one who laid down His life to save yours, Jesus Christ.
Thank You for giving many the courage to do what I have not. Forgive me for taking the sacrifices of others in vain. Comfort the families of fallen soldiers around the globe and those who still are in harm’s way. Thank You for reminding me that the soldier of this world, Jesus Christ, laid down His life so that we all would not die in our sins. I am grateful that You gave Your only begotten son to save little ole me. I won’t forget where You brought me from. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, Today I EMPOWER you to honor the fallen heroes of this country. I also ask that you remember how far God has brought you. Remember the times He has saved your life and brought you through situations that tried to kill your spirit. Remember the ultimate sacrifice of His Son.
Do you have a friend or family member that passed while serving in the Armed Forces? Honor them today by leaving their name in the comment section below.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”