By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
The first Memorial Day celebrated was on May 30, 1868 and was established to honor our heroic veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Many take time to remember loved ones who have passed on from this world. While it may be a difficult day for some, it can be a time of appreciation for others. Men and women of our military are truly gifts from Heaven as they selflessly served the country for our freedoms. We are blessed with leaders who complete tasks that most others cannot. Since we know where our liberties come from, we should also remember the great things that God has done for us.
The Psalmist instructs us to remember the goodness of God in Psalms 103:1-2: “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Some people will not even pray until a tragedy or a grave need arises. Then, God will answer a prayer and rush to the aid of one in need. However, people will soon forget and put the Lord on the back burner again. This is a cycle that must break the heart of God and try his patience. His benefits are infinite and acts of mercy are incomparable. He deserves the upmost appreciation for his continued faithfulness and love that never fails. Only our complete heart and best service for the King will do.
When counting the blessings of Psalms 103, it is hard to overlook the cross. Many soldiers died for our freedoms, but Jesus died to save us from our sins. He was nailed to the tree so that we could be delivered from the broad road of destruction. Because of the crucifixion, we can be reconciled and have a relationship with God. Only Jesus can fill the void in our hearts left from grief, sin, and the troubles of the world. We should remember his sacrifice of love that lifted us from the pit of bondage. How about making a pledge to God this Memorial Day to not forget what he has done. Live out this commitment so that you may be faithful and give him a heart of gratitude. People who show gratefulness will find more opportunities to do so.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister in Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])