Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a holiday established by congress to remember those who have fallen in the wars of this country. It was established shortly after the Civil War while the states were dealing with the deaths of 625,000 soldiers who had died on the battle field. As populated as our country has gotten today, I don’t know how we would deal with over half a million deaths in war today.
Of course, for most of us Memorial Day is the third day of a three-day weekend. It means sales, grills, and fun. There is nothing wrong with any of those things. (I hope you have fun tomorrow!) But when you see the flags, remember that the main purpose of the day is the memory of those who have died for the sake of freedom.
Today is the Lord’s Day. We call it that because nearly two thousand years ago our Lord rose from the grave after dying for our sins. We share a meal that specifically remembers his sacrifice, but we eat it on Sunday (not Friday) because he was raised on the first day of the week. Until he returns, it is the memory of this resurrection that will keep our worship centered on Sunday, the Lord’s Day.
Of course, most of us will also be doing things apart from the church today. Sunday means eating out, sports, and getting together with friends. There is nothing wrong with any of those things. (Have fun!) But remember that the main purpose of this day for Christians is to remember our Lord in all we do.