The word “memorial” means: to aim to preserve remembrance; of or relating to memory.
Our memory is a vital part of our experiences. It’s the retention of information over time for the purpose of influencing future action.
Memory. It comes and it goes, and it’s different for everyone. Some people can easily recall details while others struggle to remember them, but a simple scent, location, or artifact has the power to trigger a flood of memories. These thoughts then affect our emotions. They can influence our decisions, and even shift our relationships.
At other times, our memories can paralyze us. A rush of sadness or hurt can leave us feeling empty. We’re unaware of the time passing by, and the effect our sorrow has on others… those still living among us.
Each year we set aside this day, Memorial Day, to remember those who have gone before us. Countless members of our nation’s military forces have given their lives as the ultimate sacrifice, and we honor them today. Whether you are remembering a loved one or showing honor to others, this day, this annual rhythm of remembrance can be meaningful. It can even influence future action.
So, where is this rhythm of remembrance leading you? Could the memory of these men and women, their lives, and their sacrifice lead us to becoming better versions of ourselves? Can it inspire our dedication? Our service to one another? Our focus on something bigger than ourselves? What if it prompts us to believe in a better future for our nation and our children? What if it inspires us to rededicate our faith? Our faith in a God who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Freedom from sin, hurt, and pain. Freedom from paralyzing sorrow.
This Memorial Day, may we remember the men and women who gave their lives with honor and respect. And may this memory influence our future; may it compel us to further the work that they began, and to step into what God may be calling us to do.