By Quint Pitts, National Welcome Home Director
The author of Hebrews dedicates an entire chapter to remembering those who had gone before him. Hebrews 11 is often called the Bible Hall of Fame because the author names men and women who have left a legacy of sacrifice and faith.
Our nation sets aside one day each year to remember those who have gone before us; those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Why? Why is it important that Memorial Day be more than just the mark of summer’s arrival, barbecues, and picnics? Why is it important for us to pause and remember the men and women of the armed forces who died preserving our freedom?
You may recall that Jesus specifically instructed his followers to remember his sacrifice during the communion meal. “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‛This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me’” (Luke 22:19 NIV). Jesus wants us to remember continuously what he did for our spiritual freedom. Why? Why communion? Why Memorial Day?
I can think of four good reasons to remember: