Our family loves holidays – they help us to slow down and take note of what is most important. This year, coincidentally, Passover falls on Memorial Day weekend. This is very fitting. Today we can think about the blessings we have received because of the sacrifices that have been made.
Pentecost: Blessings Received Through Sacrifices Made
As my daughter discovered recently, the Bible is written like a great mystery novel. She pointed out that she does not enjoy mysteries that are too obvious with their clues…she wants to be surprised at the end. In that light, Pentecost makes a lot of sense. As we wrote last year, Pentecost has 4 layers:
Layer 1: The first produce from the wheat harvest. (God provides physical needs.)
Layer 2: God gives Moses the Law on Mount Sinai. (God provides spiritual needs.)
Layer 3: God gives the Holy Spirit. (God’ Spirit provides even more abundantly.)
Layer 4: God will give us our Heavenly home. (God’s perfect provision, forever!)
One special Pentecost about 2,000 years ago changed the whole history of the world. Everyone who followed God before that Pentecost had to depend on an intermittent presence of the Holy Spirit. Everyone who follows God after that Pentecost has continuous access to the Powerful Comforter living in us. Let’s take time this weekend to remember the many blessings we have received through Jesus’ sacrifice!
Memorial Day: Blessing Received Through Sacrifices Made
We are blessed to live in the United States of America. I am reminded of a John Adams quote that sums it up well:
“I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
Soldiers fighting and dying in the mud have given me the freedom to plant a garden and have nice landscaping. Their guns and tanks and helmets allow us to play with Nerf guns and water guns. Their courage, sacrifice, and pain has earned us a life of comparative comfort. Let us never forget.
Let’s take a moment today to remember those who have given their lives to secure our blessings and freedom.
Re-post of Memorial Day, 2014
A day to remember.
Memorial Day is the celebration of the lives of those who died for our country. An annual ceremony to keep us from forgetting their sacrifice. It is an important thing to remember – our freedom was not free.
We also use Memorial Day to remember what God had done in our lives over the last year. During the years that we led the young adults at our church, Dana would start each gathering with an ice breaker question. Memorial Day week was always her favorite. She would have everyone think back over the last year and share things that God has done in their lives. They could share how God provided financially or with a job. How He worked in a relationship or healed. It was an awesome time to remember that God is always working and moving in our lives. It also built up our faith and helped solidify our trust in a faithful God.
It is so important to write down or remember ways that God has provided and taken care of you. Keeping these memories on the forefront of your mind will help you stay strong in your faith when you face a trial. Please take some time today to list out a few of the things that God has done for you.
Thanks also to all of the veterans and active duty service members who are reading this!
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