Memorial Day Weekend – Remember

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Always good to know on holiday weekends the true origin of such days…

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

  1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

  1. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
  2. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief

N.P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General

Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

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Remember…
All gave some,
Some gave all!

David!

The Birds and The Bees

The first Thursday of the month of May!

It’s the National Day of Prayer today…
Take time to pray today!
Take time to pray every day!
Today I am thinking about the Birds and the Bees!!
From where I sit this morning I have witnessed two amazing phenomenas of nature…
The first one being a big oblong looking bumble bee flapping its little paper thin wings as fast as it can to stay suspended in mid-air. 
The second one watching a big bird (eagle, albatross, hawk, owl – it was big!!!) soar and I mean soar higher and higher in ascending circles without flapping its wings at all. 
Each of these two creatures were flying…
One using its own energy…
The other using the wind, the thermals and the air beneath its wings to propel it into higher orbit…
I believe the bird could soar all day long.
I believe the bee could fly for a long time before it would grow tired and have to land and rest.
All that leads me to ask this question…
Are you more bird or more bee when it comes to flying and soaring in the will of God?
Do you flap and flap and flap to create the life before you?
Or…
Do you spread your wings and let the power of God below you lift you up?
Or…
Do you feel the need to do a little of both (because God can’t be expected to do all the work!!)?
Watching this big bird soar today also reminded me that if there are no thermals, no winds and no updraft – the bird does not soar. 
The bird can only soar on that which God provides. 
The bird cannot manufacture the wind.
Neither can we…
We cannot manufacture God’s will, intentions or power.
Sometimes, ummmm…. Correct that. 
EVERY time we need to wait on the Lord.
Then and only then…
Will we soar!
“… but they who wait for the LOrd shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles…”(Isaiah 40:31)
Grace and peace, 
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!