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May 26, 2016, 3:12 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 29, 2016


Good Morning!

          Tomorrow, we remember and celebrate on Memorial Day.  I say remember, because that is what the day is all about.  I say celebrate because it is a two-fold celebration.  We celebrate the lives of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

          I realize that Memorial Day has “evolved” over the years into more of a start of summer activities.  I was watching a video the other day where an interviewer was doing “man on the street” questions with people at a beach who were there “celebrating” Memorial Day.  I understand the video can be edited to show people in a better or worse light, but it was shocking to hear some of the answers from folks who sincerely had no idea what Memorial Day even was and a few of them didn’t really seem to care.  It was just a day off to party.  Surprisingly to me, there were plenty of people like that.  In the video, those ignorant of Memorial Day’s meaning were not just young people, but people over fifty-five and sixty.

          I suppose those folks were not raised with a healthy dose of patriotism or even reverence for family members that have preceded them in death.  I am so thankful that my family passed down a legacy of remembering.  I knew that Memorial Day was not “the beginning of summer”, but the day when we got in the car and did a little travelling to Sedalia, Missouri and a few points beyond.  My parents and grandparents even used to use the term “Decoration Day” when talking about the day to the children. 

          We will get into that a little bit in the sermon this morning, but that was the original term for the day.  Some of us here may well know that, and some of us may not.  But, I believe Decoration Day captures the spirit of the action that occurs on that day and we memorialize the lives of those gone before us.

           As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15     

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd


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