Thinking Back

Memorial Day is an appropriate day and should remind us of those who paid with their lives for our freedom. We should be filled with gratitude and be challenged to do all that we can to protect the freedom that they left to us. Let this occasion never become just a patriotic holiday. Let deep gratitude often come to mind. There is another cause for remembering others who paid dearly for an even more important freedom. Thinking back to well before our country’s wars, there are countless people who suffered and died to leave us a Spiritual legacy of eternal freedom. There is One above all, “Who gave Himself a ransom for all.” (From I Timothy 2:6). This makes it possible for anyone to receive Him as Savior and Lord. Those who gave of themselves, and often gave their lives, to proclaim the offer of Spiritual freedom are seldom remembered. Even many of God’s own people neglect remembering. However, God remembers! In Hebrews, Chapter 11, God has His own Memorial of His faithful saints. He sums up the listing of them in these words: “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom the world was not worthy….” Frederick William Faber gave us the hymn, “Faith of Our Fathers.” We sing it! Are we honest in our singing? “Faith of our fathers! living still in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; oh, how our hearts beat high with joy whene’er we hear that glorious word! Faith of our fathers, holy faith!  We will be true to thee till death!” Selah! “Enoch….before his translation….had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (From Hebrews 11:5). May our “memorial” be that we pleased Him!   Ron

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