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Memorial / Memory Day

posted May 25, 2014, 8:17 AM by hbchurch org

   Our English word memorial comes from the Latin memorialis, meaning— “belonging to memory”. Monument comes from a related Latin word that literally means “something that reminds”. Think for a moment about all the structures intended to cause us to remember certain people or events.

    There are war memorials (WW II, Korea, Vietnam…) and people monuments (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln…). Isn’t it interesting how those structures can cause us to start thinking much more intently about that person or event? In a similar way, we are often reminded of personal events or people in our own lives by simple things like a picture or a special memento. It is a well-recognized fact that we are more prone to forget without some visual trigger mechanism. Remember the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind"?

    I wonder if this yearning for the tangible is part of the reason that many peoples throughout the course of time have made idols to represent their gods? There is no question that our Creator knew about this propensity since the first commandments in the Torah deal with a prohibition against idolatry. Of course, that law was for the ancient Israelite and we are much smarter. Are you sure?

   Is it possible that we have made Sunday a  Memor(ial)y Day? Have we let ourselves get stuck in a rut of habitual religiosity that requires a Lord’s day to trigger thoughts about our Heavenly Father and our Savior and the Holy Spirit? How often do we purposely think about the length, breadth, and height of Deity? The level of spirituality in some people’s lives suggest they seldom, if ever, engage their brains in an all-out effort to probe and ponder the wonderful truth about God and His love for us. What a sad and tragic waste of brain power that is not centered on Him.

   Every day of our lives should be filled with thoughts about God. If we are truly hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Mat. 5:6), we won’t need some tangible trigger to excite an electron in our memory device in order to think spiritual thoughts. But we are all prone to have lapses now and then. This is why we need to stir up our memories (2 Pet. 3:1). The “good stuff” can get stuck on the bottom of that cauldron of thoughts stowed in our cranial cavity if we content ourselves with only an occasional day of remembrance.

   Make tomorrow the first in an unbroken chain of true Memorial Days by seeing all the “monuments” or magnificent pieces of evidence in creation that shine a spotlight upon His divinity (Rom. 1:20). Now turn the "eyes" of your heart to His being and love for you. Stir up your memory and you’ll be blessed daily.

Ken Dart