REMEMBRANCE OF HONOR

 

LEGACY OF LOVE

“Heaven and earth will pass away,

but My Words will not pass away.” 

 (Matthew 24:35)

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In a special place in my garage, on the passenger side where my car is always parked, I have a Memorial of Honor for my father, who served in WWII. His Air Force Veteran hat is placed there with a small flag and a red, white, and blue star. I see it every time I get into my car to leave my condo. His presence is always felt in my heart, and I can hear him saying, “Drive safe.” Even though he is gone from this world, his words still speak to me. My heart hears him in memory.

Remembrance is a gift from God. It is the way we hold onto the ones we love when their physical presence is no longer here to touch and hold. That embrace becomes a memory, vividly real and almost tangible. Our loved ones do not pass away from our presence while we carry them with us in heart and memory.

The Presence of the Lord, the One who loves us more than all others we have ever encountered or ever will meet, abides within those of us who believe in Him. His Words still speak to us. His Words have not– and will not– pass away. He lives in us through those Words– talking to us in our thoughts, speaking to us in our hearts, and directing us in our actions—IF we want to hear Him.

He tells us how to live upright before men and before Him and our Father:

** 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

** 37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

The love that He made real in the ultimate sacrifice of His own life for each one of us throughout time is revealed to us through the Word. His eternal promise is our hope to live with Him always.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

 He lets us know that He cares about us now and forever.

** “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

** 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13-14)

He lets us know by His Words that we are safe with Him.

27 “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” (Matthew 10:27-30)

 Through the way we live our lives and the manner that we conduct our inner lives, have we set up a Remembrance of Honor for Him?

Have we shared His Legacy of Love with others?

(Sharon G. Tate blog 05/26/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Voices Silenced…Voices Still Heard

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Knowing. Most people do not know when they are going to die, but there is One who did. Jesus Christ knew that His part in God’s plan meant the ultimate sacrifice for a human, the form He had on this earth. He must give His life so that we, the rest of mankind, might have life eternal. There was no other option. Christ prayed in the Garden:  “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). But Jesus knew His Father’s will, the plan from the beginning, would prevail, and He would fulfill the needed sacrifice.

Knowing. What would it be like to “know” the fate that awaits us in this life? The inner controversy over knowing one’s genome history and testing for predictive disease like Alzheimer’s or pancreatic cancer involves the question we would have to answer: “Do we really want to know it will happen to us at some time in our lives?” For many, this might be a looming dread, affecting every day forward from the point of awareness. For others, it could be a positive affirmation to live life more completely and appreciate every day given. Knowing could make us more fearful and vulnerable–or knowing could make us more purposeful in our life journey.

Knowing. Our Lord made His earthly life purposeful, with God’s purpose, knowing what was to come. He shared and taught His Truth and mentored the disciples to follow His lead. He healed the sick, gave the example of prayer, and took time to pray alone with the Father. He cared for His friends and wept with them when a family member died. He loved us all, even those who were not yet born.

Knowing.  Jesus knew His task on this earth and questioned His earthly parents who were looking for Him, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49). He knew the plan, for He was in the beginning with God:  “ 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… 14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-5,14). His task on earth was to teach God’s Truth and give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom from sin that we might have everlasting life with Him.

Knowing. Soldiers who go to war also know they might have to make this ultimate sacrifice to help secure the freedom of others-loved ones, acquaintances, strangers, and those not yet born. We designate a Memorial Day every May to remember their sacrifices. Like Christ, they are not really dead, for they speak to us through the freedom we have from their final bequest—their lives.

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“Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?” ¹

Knowing. We know, through faith, that Christ lives and still inspires us to strive toward His higher purposes. And we praise and thank Him. We know, through our experience in this earthly realm, that fallen soldiers live through the legacy of freedom that they bestow to us. And we thank them.

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Voices Still Heard

     In Remembrance

 

¹Beecher, Henry Ward. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes

(Sharon G. Tate blog 05/29/16)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word