Today is the beginning of our Memorial Day weekend. Although for many this is just a time to celebrate a three day weekend, outdoor barbeques and family fun, it deserves much much more. Memorial Day honors the American Military who have died in their service for the country. They died, fighting so we could preserve many of the freedoms we have today. Many of those young men never came back from the war, after leaving their families for the last time. They paid the price and sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Many families lost someone close to their hearts but their memory will always live on in the hearts of those loved ones. Not a day will go by that someone doesn’t remember them or their memory. Life dealt these people a cruel blow, but it can not kill the memories.
Years ago it was commonly referred to as “Decoration Day” when family members would place flowers on the graves of family and friends. It is still observed today. As we stroll through our local cemetery, we have sweet remembrances of lives now gone. Our life will one day be remembered by those whose lives we have touched. The quality and character of our lives lingers long after we have gone. What took place between the dash of our life span? There is the sense in which the dead, though silent, still speak.
“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years or if due to strength, eighty years…”Psalm 90:10a While this was penned many years ago is still true today; we generally have 70 – 80 years of life on earth. The question to ask “is what do you want to be remembered by?” What epitaph would you want written about your life?