Memorial Day for Servants of God

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A grieving mother expresses her pain for the loss of her son who died in Iraq in July 2007. From usatoday.com, here are her words:

“It has been three months today that you have been laid to rest. The pain still persists and has not eased one bit … I have cried and cried until my eyes have dried.

“But because of our loving God and the Grace he provides us, I am able to get out of bed and care for your brothers. I am able, by his Grace, to lift my head high and be PROUD of my son, Dane, for he IS a HERO in the minds and hearts of so many.

“Love, Mom”

Memorial Day in America

America has just observed another Memorial Day to commemorate its fallen servicemen. This custom began following the Civil War when families in local communities gathered to honor those who had lost their lives in that struggle.

Congressman John A. Logan, a retired general, was exceptionally instrumental in officially instituting Memorial Day on May 5, 1868 as a time for the entire nation to honor its fallen soldiers.

A Book of Remembrance

God also remembers His faithful and fallen servants. In Hebrews 11 we find a list of some of the true heroes of faith. They include some of His outstanding servants from the time of Abel to Enoch and from Noah to the time of Abraham and Sarah. Tribute to Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses is also given (verses 4-11, 20-26).

Unable to list every biblical hero, the author of Hebrews comments: “And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets …” (verse 32).

God also memorializes all of His faithful servants with a special book of remembrance. “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name” (Malachi 3:16 Malachi 3:16Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD listened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought on his name.
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The hope of the dead

Yes, God never forgets His faithful servants (Luke 12:4-7 Luke 12:4-7 [4] And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. [5] But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, Fear him. [6] Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? [7] But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
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). He never forsakes them (1 Samuel 12:22 1 Samuel 12:22For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.
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). He knows those who are His (2 Timothy 2:19 2 Timothy 2:19Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
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). He views them as the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8 Zechariah 2:8For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to the nations which spoiled you: for he that touches you touches the apple of his eye.
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He also shows that the present world is not worthy of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many of His faithful servants (Hebrews 11:38 Hebrews 11:38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
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). Were it not for their faithfulness we are told that no flesh would saved alive at the end of the great tribulation (Matthew 24:22 Matthew 24:22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
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Yet Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear shall live … Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:25-29 John 5:25-29 [25] Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. [26] For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself; [27] And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. [28] Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, [29] And shall come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation.
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, New American Standard Bible). 

Spiritual warfare

All Christians have battles to fight. The apostle Paul explains the purpose of that spiritual warfare.

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 [3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: [4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) [5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
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, New Revised Standard Version). 

Dedicated Christians are told: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but … against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:11-12 Ephesians 6:11-12 [11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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Where are the trumpets, the bands, the readings, the speeches and the fanfare for those who gave their lives in the service of God? Even though at the present time there may be no special ceremonies to honor them they will never be forgotten by God.

A mother’s grief turned to joy

This commentary began with a mother’s sorrow for her fallen son. The Scriptures assure us that she and her son will one day be reunited; and their reunion will be joyous.

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