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Monday, May 24, 2010

A Memorable Memorial

Several years ago, I visited Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. I was amazed to see the thousands of crosses lining miles of rolling hills. Each cross tells the story of someone who gave their life in dedication to the United States. I don’t remember much about the tour guide’s speech because I couldn’t get past the images before me, but his conclusion will always stick on the surface of my memory. As he ended his speech, he said, “These crosses were placed here so all Americans can remember!”

God set a priority on memorials. At the close of Israel’s wilderness wandering, God told His leader Joshua to have the twelve men who were carrying the ark of the covenant, to take one stone a piece, representing the twelve tribes, and to cross over the Jordan and set up the stones on dry ground. God then told Joshua that when the children asked their fathers what those stones meant, the older were to tell the younger, “…These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:7)

In my mind’s eye, when I return to Arlington, I see miles of white crosses. These crosses should strike a chord in every American’s heart, but society continues to cheapen the meaning of Memorial Day. They do not realize what Memorial Day really means. It’s not a day to honor all who have died. Memorial Day honors all who have lost their lives in service to this country!

For the Christian, there’s an even more important Memorial Day. It too is symbolized by a cross. However, there aren’t thousands of crosses for the eye to see, but only three for the mind to remember. On the day of Calvary, three men were sentenced to death, but only the man in the middle was giving His life for an important cause!

May we always remember those who valiantly gave their lives for our country. Likewise, may we never grow weary in remembering our Lord!

Praise be to our Lord, Jesus Christ, for His memorable memorial!