A Journey of Faith

I don’t know about you, but Memorial Day brings many memories to my mind each year.  Besides being for many the offical beginning of summer and outdoor activities, it’s also a time to remember.  Yes, it’s a time to remember all those who gave their lives for the freedoms we too often take for granted, but it’s also a time to remember loved ones who have been called home to be with our Savior.

I grew up in North Central Kansas, and have many fond memories of Memorial Day.  It was always a busy time of the year on the farm where I grew up.  It was time to get the first cutting of hay put up and out of the field, planting was still getting done and the much more such as cultivating the early planted crops.  But you could be sure of one thing on Memorial Day – my parents would always make sure that after the chores was done in the evening, we would all travel to first of all Zion Lutheran Cemetery, where my father’s parents and other relatives from my father’s side of the family were buried.  After spending some time there looking at the grave sites, we would then travel south to St. John’s Lutheran, Palmer  just south of Linn where my mother’s family is buried.  St. John’s Lutheran was my mother’s home congregation, and their cemeteryis right across the road from the church.  Once there, we would again spend some time looking at the grave sites of departed loved ones.  Us kids would also receive a history from mom and dad as they told us about loved ones we never knew or at least didn’t know that well.

Looking back, these trips on Memorial Day were really journeys of faith.  It was a time to remember God’s blessings – both the blessings He had showered upon those who were now with Him, but also the blessings we had received from knowing them and the God pleasing example they had set for us.  And there was the eternal Word written in stone.  On the “head stones” could be found the 23rd Psalm and other verses from the Bible.  Each verse is a statement of faith in our eternal and changeless God who they trusted and with whom they now arewith.  As I walked across those places of rest out in North Central Kansas back then, I’m sure it was more a gotta please Mom and Dad thing, but today looking back it was truly a journey of faith. 

Whatever this Memorial Day means to you, I hope that somewhere, somehow, you’ll be renewed both in body andsoul.  Take the time to remember God’s blessings received by your loved ones who today are with the Lord Jesus, remember that the faith that brought them home to heaven, is the same faith you were Baptized into.  It’s the same faith that someday will bring you to a grand reunion with you Lord and  those who have gone home ahead of you.

God’s very best!

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