Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. "They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Malachi 3:16-18
There are remembrances and then there are sacred remembrances.
Each of us hold dear remembrances of times, events and people that have made an indelible imprint upon our lives. It may have been a word of encouragement, a personal victory or someone who came along side during a long, dark stretch. But it is those memories that we cherish and carry with us always.
Today, is Memorial Day and we hold in remembrance those who died serving and defending our county and in some respects, the entire free world. It was those who sacrificed their all so the principles of freedom could be upheld and enjoyed by you and me. We often see the phrase “Lest we never forget” associated with Memorial Day. Yes, we should never forget those who upheld and defended freedom as our national treasure and the principles they believed in that underscored their courage.
The Founders of our nation courageously scripted our rights and freedoms on the principles of absolute truth and righteousness as self-evidently bestowed from our Creator. They affirmed that those principles must be upheld by a people if freedom is to be the crown of a nation. Truth and righteousness carry an immeasurable value so strong that men and women throughout the history of our nation have sacrificed dearly and even to death to uphold their intrinsic value.
Lest we also never forget that unless we too cherish such principles and values as a people and nation, freedom will soon be lost because the courage to defend it will be lost too. Freedom is a sacred gift given by God; given to a people who humbly fear their Creator. We once again as a people must learn how to discern good and evil based upon God’s truth or we will soon forget those principles and values that made our nation great.
Today is a day of remembrance; never forget the bold, the brave, the selfless and those who upheld truth, righteousness and freedom. But more over, let us declare this day a day of sacred remembrance to remember the God of Heaven who gave us our freedom and inalienable rights.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34