memorial day 2014
“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours” (Wallace Bruce)
The duty to pass on the value of freedom is ours – there are many examples in recent history that have shown us the the fragile nature of this invaluable gift. We owe a debt to all those who have fallen protecting our freedom, and to their families. To those who are out there today, who are still serving and their loved ones who sacrifice the precious time that cannot be recovered, we owe more than a simple thanks. We owe them our support, our respect, and unending gratitude.
Memorials are meant to connect our lives to something and provide a way to assign meaning to our time by remembering the past. They purposefully involve a focus of attention, in a place, at a time, for a specific purpose understood by all.
Ex. 3.13-17 and Ex. 12.12-14 are the beginning and ending points of the story of the Exodus, of God acting within human history in a very real way, in order to deliver the Israelites from bondage. God told Moses this should be remembered forever. In the last passage above, we have the memorial of the Passover instituted. The lamb and its blood were the means by which the Israelites would be spared, and more than spared, allowed to pass over into the land of the covenant and to dwell with their Lord. Jesus fulfilled the final Passover – one that allows anyone and everyone to be delivered. Jesus gave to us a memorial, we call it the Lord’s Supper, and He told us to remember it 1Cor. 11.24-26. This solemn act allows us have a way to connect to who He is and what He did – to be aware in a moment that it was His body and His blood that are our Passover. In His death and resurrection, we all become beneficiaries of God once again acting in a very real way to deliver His beloved people. He left us this way to remember – not an empty ritual devoid of meaning, but an act where we once again connect our lives to His life and His cross, where we are able to find meaning, and where we are able to find hope.