On this Memorial Day weekend, take some time to stop, remember and appreciate what has been done for you. The old saying, “No man is an island,” applies here, especially in reference to our freedom. Kelly Strong, a young cadet in the JROTC program, wrote a poem in 1981, entitled “Freedom is Not Free” in honor of his father who served as a Marine in Vietnam. The very title of the poem is enough to remind us of the importance of Memorial Day.
In Psalm 143:5-6, David writes, “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.” As we read these words, we are reminded of someone else who we must remember; Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus, even more than those who have served our country, sacrificed His life for us. In John 15:13, we find these words, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Even though these words can apply to what our military personnel have done for us, they were written about Jesus, Himself.
Of all the activities you are involved in this Memorial Day weekend, don’t forget the most important, Remember!
God Bless you! Have a great week! Participate in church this weekend! Trust Jesus!
Tommy Pophin is the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church.