As I watch show after show, I’m marveled at all the everyday people as well as corporate ceo’s come together for one common purpose, “To make that family whole again.” I don’t see politicians or party affiliations gravelling about, “do it this way!”’, No, “Do it that way,” just ordinary people coming together for a good cause.
I say! That’s what we need in the White House and on Capitol Hill, ordinary people with good common sense that have the pulse of the people on their minds and in their hearts to turn our country and ultimately this nation around.
We need representatives who have picked themselves up by their bootstraps and persevered against all odds and know what it feels like to come home at the end of the day, tired and hungry.
Good leaders, who have toiled the fields of this land, quietly wiping the sweat from their brows, yet still persevering. These are the people, who truly have a vested interest in its people and its country.
If life was provided too me on a silver platter, I have no vested interest in its outcome. I sowed nothing! I only have a vested interest in me and mine! Sound familiar?
The word “Memorial“ means something which serves as a reminder. Scripture witnesses to God’s participation in human history for the salvation of God’s people.
Memorials to such events reinforced faith and provided opportunities for teaching. God’s covenant name [Yahweh] was to be a “memorial name” [Ex. 3:15 NAS], a reminder of God’s liberation of God’s people.
The Passover served as a similar reminder [Ex. 12:14; 13:9]. The twelve stones taken from the Jordan’s bed served as a reminder of God’s provision of passage across the Jordan [Josh. 4:7].
In the New Testament, the Lord’s Supper serves as a reminder of Christ’s sacrificial death and an encouragement of His future coming [Matt. 26:13; Mark 14:9; 1 Cor. 11:25-26]. All these memorials serve to proclaim” the good news of what God has done.
Holman Bible Dictionary: ISBN: 1-55819-053-8
Memorial Day for many means a time of reverence to all who has served in the military and paid the highest price, “their life.” It means a time to reflect and honor all veterans that fought to keep our country safe. Memorial Day is also a time to appreciate all the disabled veterans and seek to help them anyway possible.
Memorial Day should also include those who sacrificed their life and dreams so that you could achieve your dreams.
Please remember, “Freedom is not free… It was paid for with a price.”
To all veterans and those we choose to remember on this day:
“This is Your Day! May God Bless You and Your Family. I have nothing but love and respect for you and I appreciate the many sacrifices that you and your family have made for this country. Make this Your Best Day Ever!!!”
Judging from the steady stream of dignitaries, colleagues, family and friends, it was very evident of the life that Trooper Patrick Ambroise lived.
May the life I live … speak for me…
May the service I give … speak for me…
When I’ve done the best I can…
and my friends don’t understand…
May the life I live … speak for me…
As drums played a solemn beat, a black Cadillac carrying the body of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Ambroise passed under a large American flag Sunday and stopped outside the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Inside, more than 2,500 people waited to pay their respects to the fallen trooper, who died on duty May 15 in a fiery crash on Florida’s Turnpike. He was 35 years old.
The memorial began with Hymn 527, The Lord Is My Shepherd, sung in French. The voices of his church filled the auditorium while his picture looked down from projections on giant screens.
Then one by one, those who were part of Ambroise’s life took the stage.
After Sunday’s ceremony, Ambroise’s body was taken to Dade Memorial Park, where family members and law enforcement officers stood under what little shade they could find. Sobs broke out as troopers folded the flag on top of Ambroise’s casket. A bagpipe began to play, and Miami-Dade helicopters thundered overhead.
Dispatchers performed a final roll call, calling out Ambroise’s identification number, 1233, three times. After hearing no reply, the dispatcher announced: “1233 has been retired from service. May he rest in peace.”
Stop trying to be something you’re not! No one cares about the superficial you. It’s the truth! Everyone can see beyond that anyway! You have pretended to be something that you’re not so long; until the real you is lost in transition. Go back! And start over by first taking a long and hard look at the person staring back at you in the mirror.
In case you don’t recognize that face, it’s Y.O.U.
Be proud of being who you are and what you have accomplished with God’s help and strive to always speak your truth and people will be happy just to be around the real Y.O.U.
Thought for Today:
Lord! Help me! To be the best me! I can be this day!
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