by Marvin D. Patterson

God's Memorial Day
Marvin Patterson
Exodus 12:14

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

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I've always liked the story of the 3 old widows who lived together. One sister got up to go to bed, half way up the stairs she stopped and asked ''was I going up or was I coming down''
One sister replied with hint of aggravation, ''you were going up to bed.''

A second sister headed into the kitchen to make herself a sandwich. Once in the kitchen she hollered back to her sister who was still down stairs; ''what did I come in here for''

The sister responded again with a trace of irritation, ''you went in to make yourself a sandwich'' after which she said; ''I'm so glad I am not as forgetful as the both of you are'' as she knock on the end table.

And then she got up and walked over to the door and said ''Who is it?''

Yes, we are a forgetful people. And from my vast experience I have concluded that forgetfulness is not a respecter of age. And there fore we come up with all kinds of ways to help us remember; (string around finger; post it notes, day planners, memory courses). And most of us do need a little help to remember.

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One Sunday morning the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The plaque was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.

The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, ''Good morning Alex.''

''Good morning pastor,'' replied the young man, still focused on the
plaque. ''Pastor McGhee, what is this?''

''Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.''

Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little ...

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