The word of the week is HONOR.
: to regard or treat (someone) with respect and admiration : to show admiration for (someone or something) in a public way
The verse above says we should give honor where honor is due. I know the verse is referring to those in authority over us, but I think the premise is still the same regarding ALL of mankind. So, I encourage you to remember this verse tomorrow on Memorial Day - a day when we show our patriotism, and honor the lost lives of our military men and women.
Some people don't really care about Memorial Day. One reason they give is that the deceased don't know we are honoring them, so what's the point? But, from my point of view, it is more for our own benefit than for the benefit of the deceased. It is done out of remembrance of them, just like how you write a note on your calendar that says, "Grandma died one year ago today." You write it down in order to remember and reminisce about the time you had with your loved one.
Another reason given for not caring about Memorial Day is the belief that war is wrong. But, when we observe Memorial Day, it doesn't mean we are agreeing with our government's decisions and/or the wars that have come about. It just means we are taking time to recognize those who have served and protected us in the line of duty.
The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000, and it asks that at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day, all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
Below is a version of Taps from the United States Navy Band. Take a few minutes out of your day to listen to it (or another version of your choice), and then take a moment of silence to:
- remember the fallen
- pray for the families who have lost loved ones
- pray for our government, including our current and future President
- and pray for the Spiritual condition of America
Our God is a big God. He will listen to your prayers, and He will give honor where honor is due.