It was Memorial Day morning when we looked out the front door of our patio home. We live in Wesley Village, a Senior Retirement Community, and the patio homes are located on a half mile circle. Passing by our home was a lone senior citizen carrying an American Flag around the circle. Later in the day, a village celebration was held on Veteran’s Circle, but the picture in my mind is of the lone walker and his act of remembrance.
The act of remembering life-changing events and those who have gone before is a powerful tool to motivate those who follow. Faith is forged in the fires of remembrance. Scripture provides the pattern. The fourth chapter of the book of Joshua gives us these words:
- “And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ (Joshua 4:20-22, NIV).
- “He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God” (Joshua 4:24, NIV).
The Apostle Peter provides us with the wise words of counsel: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body” (2 Peter 1:12-13, NIV).
The lone walker carrying the flag helped us remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom to worship and serve the Lord without fear. He “refreshed our memory“ of the Lord’s hand on us and our nation.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits.“ (Psalm 103:2, NKJV)
~ Brother Roy