May 29, 2018
Memorial Day is an official holiday in most states of the U. S. After W. W. I., the day was set aside to honor veterans of all American wars, and then the custom was extended to pay homage to both military people as well as civilians. On Memorial Day we mourn the loss, remember their lives and are thankful for their service.
God has given us memorials as well. He has taken a great deal of effort to give us memorials of His love, promises and His word. For example, the rainbow was given to help us remember God’s promises.
And the sacraments of Holy Communion were given to us to help us remember Jesus’ love for us.
Often times Jesus became angry with His disciples for not remembering His word and promises.
- “Do you still not understand? Don’t remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? (Matthew 16:9).
- “Remember the word I said unto you,” (John 15:20).
- “Remember Lot’s wife,” (Luke 17:32).
Take some time this week to reflect and remember what God has done for you. Your burdens will seem lighter and your day brighter.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving me made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” (I Timothy 2:1-4)
Election Day will soon be upon us. Are you registered to vote? Do you plan on going to your local precinct to vote? It is predicted that much less than half of all registered voters will exercise their right and privilege to vote. Why is that? We’ve all heard the many excuses why some don’t bother to vote. Some of those excuses are, “Why should I?” “They’re all crooked anyway?” “The weather was too bad.” “My vote won’t make a difference.” “I’m just too busy and don’t have the time.”
Friends, the truth is your vote does make a difference. The truth is you do have time to vote. The truth is that it does matter if you get involved or not. It does matter if you do pray for our leaders.
On the eve of his inauguration George Washington said, “Integrity and firmness are all that I can promise.” Recently I was in a local business establishment inquiring about a product. The owner asked what I did for a living. I told him I was a Pastor. He responded by saying, “I want to ask you a question. How do people seem to be to you these days, better or worse? I find here that there are very few people with integrity.”
People of integrity stand out to that business owner. How you live your life, your attitude and your conduct also stands out to others. Someone recently said, “I used to say that civilization was going to the dogs. But I quit saying that out of respect for the dogs.”
Get involved, vote and pray. Take a stand for righteousness at every opportunity. Show someone the Way. You can make a difference if you try.
May 7, 2018
Abraham Lincoln once said, “All I am and ever hope to be I owe to my mother.”
A Godly mother has much influence in the home. She helps to give her children identity, heritage and purpose. Godly mothers plant seeds that blossom later in life. This is what Apostle Paul said about Timothy’s mother, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also,” (2Timothy 1:5).
Mothers are irreplaceable. In most households, disaster strikes when Mom is not around. The family needs her wisdom and guidance. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13. May we pray for all mothers of our congregation. Thank God for them. Ask God to bless them with wisdom, strength and courage to be the mother God created them to be.
Perhaps your mother has passed on to her eternal home? I pray that you will be able to recall fond memories of the time you had with her in this life. And if you are a mother, grandmother or someone’s “other mother,” I pray that you will sense God’s love for you this week. You are here “for such a time as this!”