Memorials are a familiar concept in our society today. It is human nature to want to mark-off significant events in our lives in such a way as to remember them for a lifetime. We see physical monuments constructed at the sites of tragedy, where there is great losses of life. We also see physical monuments constructed at the sites of triumph, where there is significant human accomplishment. Upon the death of a loved one, family members may leave memorial gifts in order to remember and celebrate the causes and passions their loved one cared so much about. God’s Word reinforces this concept of remembrance. Upon the crossing of the Jordan River, a symbol of entering a new phase of God’s plan for Israel, Joshua made the following statement in Joshua 4:4-7, “Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It is a day set aside to remember our service men and women down through the centuries who have given their lives in the pursuit of the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy today. Today should be a day when we stop and reflect on the sacrifices of those who held our values and principles high enough to lay down their lives for. The sacrifices of our military are great. They are selfless and humble. Their lives remind us of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us. He willingly gave His life for those who may never appreciate or embrace it. John 15:13 tell us, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”. Take time today to remember and reflect on those whose lives were given for our freedom and for the Life that was given for our redemption.