Tomorrow is inauguration day. With it comes excitement and anticipation for many. But for others come fear and concern. Whichever side of the fence you are on there is one thing we can do to help these men being sworn into office. We can pray for our new leaders and their families. There is no doubt in the stress level that comes with being the President and Vice President of the United States of America. They are not the only ones to suffer this stress but their families also; moving to a new residence, new school, and having someone at your elbow every moment would drive me insane.Read More
Thoughts on Memorial Day
You can read about the history of Memorial Day HERE. The following paragraphs stood out to me when I was looking for the link to add to the post.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country."
Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."
When I read both I was saddened. People can easily be distracted from a time of remembering those who gave us our freedoms but these same people will spend months at a time planning vacations, Christmas, birthday parties, weddings, etc. I can't wrap my head around that fact.
When I read those paragraphs, I could not help but remember the last year I taught school. There was some sorta mix up with the total of school days and because of this, we had to go to school on Memorial Day. Let's just say, I was not the only one who was highly upset with this. No matter what suggestions were offered, administration would not back down on attending on a holiday. There was a staff member who spoke up about not being able to go boating with their family and how they always had a big cookout and what not at the lake. It took one very sweet and knowledgeable lady to explain to those who did not know the true meaning of Memorial Day. I will never forget how she explained that Memorial Day is not about boating, cookouts, and get-togethers. She went on to tell that it is a day to remember those who died while fighting for our country. It is a day to mourn and remember the ultimate sacrifice these men and women gave at a time when our country was fighting for our freedoms.
Today, our family did something that we have never done and hopefully it will be something that we can continue. We visited The National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia. I would never say it was a somber visit; it was an enlightening visit for me. I was able to see over 18,000 graves. Not all the graves belonged to servicemen; many belonged to their wives and even their children. Many had names/ranks/years/wars listed while almost as many only had a marker with a number or "Unknown Soldier" on the headstone. Seeing these headstones and markers made me realize that I have so much to be thankful for. If it were not for these people, we may not have our freedoms.
I am thankful for those who serve in our armed forces. I am thankful for those who send a spouse or children off to war. I am thankful to those who have lost their life so I could sleep peacefully at night. Most importantly, I am thankful to a heavenly Father who allowed me live in this great nation, so I can remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
I'm not saying there is nothing wrong with taking a day and celebrating the end of the school year, the beginning of summer, or just a day off from work. I'm expressing a need to stop and ponder about the real reason we have this day.
Yesterday, I was watching the History Channel with Monkey. The program that was on was about the war of 1812 and how Dolley Madison was one of the last to leave Washington D.C. when the British were marching in to burn down everything. Why was she one of the last to leave? This is amazing! She was making sure that others were safe and that those "special treasures" of our history were protected. We all know this painting when we see it...
Mrs. Madison was more concerned for this painting of our first president, than she was for her own life. She wanted the future citizens of this great country to know who George Washington was and what he looked like. What an amazing woman! I don't know anyone who would put their life on the line for a painting.
While watching this, my son looked at me and said, " Momma, Dolley Madison would turn over in her grave if she knew what our country was like today." I have to agree with him on that statement. Not only would this brave lady turn over, but so would all the thousands of men and women who died in trying to build this country.
Today marks the 59th annual National Day of Prayer. A day that was signed by President Harry S. Truman. This year we have God hating men and women who are doing all they can to fight this day. Not only are they trying to defeat a "day", but they are out to fight our God and the people that serve Him. They do not care about the things of the Bible or what it stands for. Have you ever thought, they do not try and fight the "holy books" of ISLAM, TAOISM, BAHAI, HINDUISM (just to name a few) or say that they are unconstitutional? Why would they even try? ~ these people know that the ONE they are fighting is the TRUTH.
When I think about this, I think about the men and women who have died because of their belief in God and the Bible. Is this going to happen here in this country? I hope not. But it sure is beginning to look like it. I'm afraid it won't be long before our Pastors will be jailed for standing behind the pulpit and preaching the TRUTH. Our children have already had part of their Freedom of Religion taken away from them, when the Bible was removed from schools. Hopefully, we won't be hearing about a son or daughter being arrested for just talking about God to a classmate.
I'm sure that I'll have this post read by someone who doesn't like what I'm saying. I'm not apologizing for anything that I have said, because I have spoken the truth. Our country was founded on Biblical principles and that can't be changed. Being able to tell these people that,is like rubbing salt in a wound.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14
If you have not spent time in Prayer today ~ What are you waiting for?