Posted on May 27, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in God my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to God.”
Events or dates on the calendar such as birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, mark special days or times in life and are important. Today is Memorial Day, a day marked for remembering those who have died in war. This day began in the aftermath of the American Civil War in 1866 as a way to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers that had died in that war. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress in the United States. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service.
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day also marks a day we remember and honor loved ones who have gone before us into the eternal presence of God. Many people take flowers to the graves of loved ones or have other ways to remember special people in their lives. It also seems that Memorial Day has become a marker for what is called “the unofficial start to summer” and is a day off of work that many people enjoy.
This can also be a day to pause and give thanks for the value of this life we are blessed with and the freedoms we enjoy. The Psalmist reminds us to remember and mark our blessings in life by giving thanks to God, who is our strength and shield in whom we trust.
May we pause to mark this Memorial Day with honored remembering and thankfulness.