Pastor’s Blog

Mondays with Pete

May 25, 2020

Good morning;

Today is a day of gatherings – in churches, at parks, in cemeteries, on military bases.  Many places still call this Decoration Day.  It is a day set aside to remember those who have gone on before us.  Many will make their way to family reunions in many obscure places that are the headquarters of the family name or where the matriarch of the family barks orders for everyone to come to the reunion no matter how inconvenient it may be.  She will want to know specifically why you did not attend if you do not have note from the funeral home or the ER doctor.   Many of these gatherings will include a visit to the cemetery with flowers to decorate graves of generations of loved ones.  Immediate and distance family relationships will be renewed.  They will sit in their little groups talking about the other family members in their little groups. 

“She’s put on weight since last year.” 

“He’s still without a job.” 

“She’s pregnant again!” 

“Boy is he getting feeble.  His kids ought to do something about that.” 

“They missed the reunion again this year.  I guess they are just too busy to be part of the family.”

“Do you see what her kids are wearing?”

The potato salad that has been sitting in the hot car for two hours is lifted from the trunk and placed on the table with the fried chicken, BBQ, green bean casserole, chips, dips, baked beans, macaroni salad, apple pies (“She bought one at the store this year.  How tacky!!), grandma’s red velvet cake, three platters of brownies, and a chocolate surprise.  No wonder there are fewer of us each year.

Oh, the Memorial Day memories.  But, in reality Memorial Day is for memories – memories of family members who touched our lives directly or indirectly.  Memorial Day is for remembering the family bonds and traditions that make us who we are and what we pass on the next generation.  It is “Decoration Day.”  The day we drag out the all the trinkets, in the form of memories and traditions, that decorate our lives together as families.

Memorial Day is also more than just a day for families.  It is a day to remember all those who gave and are giving their lives in service to our nation so we can be free to have a day of remembrance.  We salute those today who are remembered with a folded flag in triangle case on the mantle or the shelf in the office.  We salute those who have served and now have made their way into civilian life.  We salute those who made military service a career.  We salute those who proudly wear the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States of America– may God be with you and protect you as you serve to insure the freedom of our country.

On this Memorial Day, remember and be thankful.  GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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