A Word From Our Pastor
SALEM CHURCH FAMILY – Greetings and Grace to you in Christ Jesus.
MEMORIAL DAY – Monday, May 25, 2020
Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country. It’s a time when our entire nation memorializes the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.
In early rural America, this remembrance or Decoration Day, was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor those who lost their lives defending liberty became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.
After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated annually on the last Monday in May.
We give thanks to God and offer prayers of gratitude, honor and appreciation for the sacrifice of brave men and women who did not run from danger but ran toward and into it.
If you have loved ones or friends who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service, we pray God’s grace and peace for you. We honor those of your love and remembrance who did not come home from war. We give thanks to God and those brave souls who, like our Redeemer, gave their very life so we could enjoy the liberties we have today.
We recognize and praise the quintessential Soldier, the One who has overcome the world He created (John 16:33) for the cause of redemption and freedom for whosoever will believe and receive Him. We give thanks for the courageous spirit He has instilled in all who believe, that we too might lift high the cross of liberty and salvation in Jesus Christ.
May God bless you on this Memorial Sunday and tomorrow on Memorial Day as we “Remember.”
You are Loved and Jesus is Lord.
BTW: Every month this year has a 20:20:20, 20, 2020
This month there’s a 5-20-2020 (date) 20:20:20 (military time)