Today, the last Monday of May, 2008 is a day in America when we remember those who gave their lives to win and preserve our freedoms in all wars from the founding of America in 1776. I stand in awe with tears welled up in my eyes as I listen to stories of valor of men who have performed deeds beyond the call of duty. Listening to our national anthem and other great national songs makes my heart and soul soar with patriotism. 

     The Hebrew Children were given a day of memorial. Each year all Israelite families went to Jerusalem for the Day of Passover. They kept their shoes on, dressed to travel, staff in had, as they feasted on the Passover Lamb in remembrance of their flight from slavery in Egypt. 

     There are many memorials we observe - some common to only a few, others common to all. Every person needs a hero to look up to. There are heroes in every war whom we honor, from the Revolutionary War to the most recent wars. Christians have heroes such as Martin Luther, D. L. Moody, Spurgeon, Billy Graham and many others. The zenith of the Christians heroes, is Jesus Christ who followed His people in the shadows throughout the Old Testament, that we often refer to as the Crimson Thread through the prophets and poets. 

     Then in Matthew, our hero steps forth from the shadows in Bethlehem, to whom John the Baptist later pointed, declaring, "Behold the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world." Our Kinsman Redeemer's work was completed on the cross, when He cried out, "It is finished!" 

     Through out the history of America and the church, the man who has had no sensitivity to the needs of others, nor has no response to causes other than his own, has found himself a stranger to others when he himself was in need of help. 

     Every life should have some cause, beyond its own, where it can invest energies and its enthusiasm. Such an investment keeps the perspective of life from becoming selfish and limited. Genuine service always pays dividends in terms of its fulfillment. These are vital dividends for a meaningful life. 

     Every life needs someone or something, some cause he can serve, so as to keep the heart sensitive to needs and causes of others. That person who has not learned the value of being a servant, meeting a cause, is not ready to be served. 


     Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 



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