Remembering… every day

On Memorial Day we remember the men and women who died while serving our country. We also reminisce about lost family members and friends.We gather together, decorate graves, salute flags, and attend parades — a worthwhile day of tribute, a day of telling stories about service and honor and good deeds.

a person walks among flag-decorated gravemarkers

Where it falls on the calendar in the northern hemisphere, Memorial Day also signifies the start of summer. Sunny skies, picnics and vacations; more great memories in the making! All this brings to mind other observances we need to recognize.

Remembering stories of God with us.
A painting of Jesus and the two Emmaus Road travelers, by W.H. Margetson

Our children need to hear our stories of God walking beside us.

Our children need to be reminded of times when God walked with them.

In a recent Rotation from Luke 24:13-35, we heard Cleopas and his traveling companion reflect on their trip from Jerusalem to Emmaus, when they realized that Jesus had been with them!

Open quote markBack and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
Luke 24:32

We need to offer opportunities for our kids to join the “fellowship of the burning heart.”

Let this Memorial Day be the start of an every-day-sort-of-thing: tell remember-when stories about times when Jesus was with you.

  • The time the car broke down the night before the big trip (rather than on the road).
  • An out of the blue, call from a friend when you needed to hear from someone just at that moment.
  • A sunny day after so many grey, dreary ones.
  • Hearing a Bible verse that was just what was needed.
  • The list goes on and on!
What are your God-with-you stories?

Photo credits:
Memorial Day scene by arbyreed. Emmaus Road from a painting by W.H. Margetson offered by “Waiting For The Word.” Both of which are licensed on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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