Memorial Day Thought 2013

Pastor Jim Abernaty blogged the following.  RMF

How does one appropriately express appreciation for something that cannot be repaid?  Our living responses to this question are often awkward attempts to do what cannot be done.  This weekend reminds us of the significance of sacrifice and its power to change our lives as individuals and a larger community.  Giving thanks for those gone before who have given selflessly for something beyond themselves presents us with this difficult question.  Memorial Day weekend is more than simply the beginning of summer with its picnics, parades, and fireworks.  Memorial Day compels us to confront the gift that so many have given in service to their country.  That debt cannot be repaid.  Living in the shadow of that debt, however, challenges us to live as grateful people who acknowledge such sacrifice in the way we live as citizens of this nation. Living in the powerful presence of the stories and examples of sacrifice we will observe this weekend will present us once again with the reminder of a debt that cannot ever be truly repaid, but can and must ever be revered and remembered.  We have been blessed by those gone before…let us live mindful of such blessing.


About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church ( Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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