One day John ran into a friend he had not seen in a long time. He greeted him and said, “Bill, do you remember what a bad memory I had?” Bill answered, “Yes, I certainly do.” “Well, it’s not bad any more. I went to a seminar that taught us how to remember things. It was great and now I have a wonderful memory.” Bill answered, “That’s great! What was the name of the seminar?” “Well,” John said, “wait a minute, my wife went with me. I’ll ask her.” He turned and saw his wife nearby. Then he turned back to Bill and said, “What’s the name of that flower with a long stem, thorns and a red bloom?” “Do you mean a rose?” Bill answered. “Yeah, thanks,” John said. “Hey, Rose, what’s the name of that seminar we attended?” There are events that we should never forget. And Memorial Day commemorates some of them.This special day is a national holiday dedicated to remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy. And it is also a day upon which we remember our loved ones who have gone to heaven before us.
As we do all this remembering, we also remember our Savior who made the ultimate sacrifice for us at the cross. Because he lived and died for us, life is worth living and death is worth dying. Let's remember all he has done for us and, moved by that, live our lives for him.
I look forward to seeing you in church this weekend. Keep in your prayers Ione Maxson who is still going through rehab in Mesa. May our Lord continue to give her strength and patience through this ordeal.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Pastor Martin Spaude