Submitted by dbrewer on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:05
Memorial Day- No Greater Love

Focus Scripture:  Exodus  28:29, Joshua 4:4-7 and Luke 22:19-20

MEMORIAL DAY

My memory goes back many years to when I was a child. In late spring each year, my mother would buy crepe paper in many colors and would begin making flowers for Decoration Day on May 30th. We would arrive at the cemetery in Madison County with boxes of flowers to decorate relatives' graves. We would sing and listen to uncles preach and then have "dinner on the ground."

Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. In 1971, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions celebrated on different days, merged and were extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Memorial Day took a new meaning for Judy and me on Friday, January 13, 2006, when we received a knock on the door by two soldiers, who officially informed us that our son, CW3 Mitch Carver, while flying his OH58d Kiowa Warrior Helicopter over Mosul (the Ancient Nineveh), had been shot down and he and his co-pilot, CW2 Kyle Jackson were both killed. Every Memorial Day since then, my wife and I have attended and sometimes participated in from 1 to 4 memorial ceremonies locally or at Arlington National Cemetery, where he is buried in Section 60, #8315. 

In the scriptures we read of many memorials.  In Exodus we read that whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he bears the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breast-piece of decision as a continuing memorial before the Lord.  In Joshua, the tribes of Israel stacked stones from the middle of the Jordan River to memorialize God’s provision.  “The flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.”

The greatest memorial is the last supper in Luke 22:19-20 “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” 

PRAYER:  Lord, I thank you for the sacrifice you made so that we could experience eternal life. -Amen
 
Submitted by:  Kyle Carver– Budget/Finance Team; Member, Newfound Baptist

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