LEST WE FORGET
MATTHEW 26: 6 - 13
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JESUS CHRIST was living on death row when at a dinner party with
friends Mary, the sister of Lazarus, poured an expensive bottle
of perfume over His head and anointed His feet. She then wiped
His feet with her hair.
What a beautiful act of adoration. A woman's hair has always
been considered one of her primary glories. In wiping His feet
with her hair she was giving Him glory.
Judas was quickly joined by the other disciples in complaining
of her waste and in criticizing her. Calmly Jesus defended her
act by saying, "Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole
world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial
to her" (Matt. 6:13).
What a tribute! What a memorial! What a way to be remembered!
Memorials are fitting. The idea of a memorial that outlasts us
is one of life's five principle motivators.
In this season when a day of memorial is observed in tribute to
our nation's war dead, it is appropriate that the Christian
community should evaluate memorials.
In April 1863, in Columbus, Mississippi, after decorating graves
of her two sons who died representing their beloved south land,
an elderly woman walked to two mounds at the corner of the
cemetery to place memorial flowers. "What are you
doing?,"friends shouted, "Those are the graves of two union
soldiers." Softly came the reply, "I know. I also know that
somewhere in the North, a mother or a young wife mourns for them
as we do for ours." That little band of ladies set in motion
what is now celebrated as Memorial Day.
It is fitting that our nation should pause to remember the
countless sons and daughters who at great sacrifice and many at
the greatest sacrifice won and preserved our freedoms.
Revolutionary War 25,324
Civil War 498,332
World War I 116,710
World War II 407,316
Korean War 54,546
VietNam War 58,098
What price freedom? No one likes war. However, without it we
would not now enjoy our current freedom and prosperity.
In addition to these who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice,
there are countless persons still adversely affected by their
own personal sacrifices of physical health, emotional injury,
and loss of body parts. Less we forget, it is appropriate that
we have a day of memorial.
Memorials are appropriate, especially those that pay tribute ...
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