Faith, Flags and Heroes

When Memorial Day rolls around each year, I must confess that often the first thing I think of is what fun will come of this three-day weekend and how we will celebrate this carefree kick-off to summer.

But, somewhere along the way, I pause to think about the why. Why is a national holiday necessary to remind the living to remember the dead?

Maybe because it is all too easy to forget.

And the parades and ceremonies and the colorful flags, they help to raise up memories of our fallen heroes.

I was inspired by this touching article from a woman reflecting on the lessons she learned about heroism as a child hearing stories about the uncle she never knew. It got me thinking about what it really means to be a hero.

I know there are many definitions of that word, but my mind automatically goes to Hebrews 11 and the Heroes of the Faith listed there. Those of whom the scripture says “the world was not worthy.”

And, of course, Jesus, who sacrificed His life for ours – He is the Ultimate Hero!

Because of Him, we can lift the white flag of surrender and be saved from the tyranny of sin. And when we do, we will be like the saints of old, looking forward to the promise of eternal life.

By faith, carrying the flag of true freedom. Hope held high, waving in the wind.

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3

Have a blessed weekend!

Five Ways to Make Memorial Day Memorable

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S.A., a day set aside for remembrance of those who have given their lives in service to our country.

Families will gather together, firing up backyard grills and taking time to celebrate life!  Especially the lives of those who died to make sure we can continue waving the flag of freedom.

Five ideas to help bring a patriotic theme into your weekend plans

1. Here’s some classic recipes and a few with a flourish of red, white and blue.

2. I made these lemon-filled coconut cupcakes a few weeks ago so I can tell you they are good! I made a couple of adjustments (apple sauce replaced oil and I substituted almond milk for sour cream) but they were very tasty. You might consider adding blueberries & raspberries to the top of these to keep with the theme. Both go nicely with lemon.

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3. In this post, Debbie shows how she incorporates the spirit of the day through her decor – This girl knows how to set a table!

4. Check out these fun activities to help introduce the meaning of the day to your kids.

5. Don’t forget 3pm – The National Moment of Remembrance designates 3pm on Memorial Day as a time for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect.”

 

What other ideas do you have? Please share in the comments, and have a blessed weekend!

 

 

 

Honor Them By Remembering

“Give honor and respect to all those to whom it is due.” Romans 13:7

I found this video on Godtube – a moving tribute to those who have defended our freedom over the years, and to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude.

We honor them by remembering.

I wish you all a blessed weekend!