I wish you all a meaningful Memorial Day! Take time to reflect and give thanks to all those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
May 25-Memorial Day
11The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” (Acts 23:11)
All roads lead to Rome. Rome was the epicenter of the modernized world during this time in humanity’s history, so it would be no surprise Jesus would direct Paul to Rome. And from Rome the greatest Christian denomination (population only) rose with the creation of the Roman Catholic Empire. And then everything since then has been a mess. Crusades were misguided. Christianity spread across the world through brutality and false narratives. Denomination after denomination has tainted the simple truth of Christianity. Now America, who proclaims to be a great, tolerant Christian nation, continues to struggle with their purpose in the world and how to accurately live up to Christian values. One value that Americans are becoming less and less inclined to uphold is that of sacrifice for the greater good. Today is Memorial Day, or Armistice Day. Last year marked the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and celebrations all over the world brought the spotlight on the “Greatest Generation.” There have been countless great generations. The youth of the last twenty years have proved to be a great generation. They have stepped up and VOLUNTEERED to march into a battle that has no clear end, not always a clear enemy, and being fought in a land far from their current homes. Take time today to remember all those who have paid the ultimate price for America’s safety. There are many sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, who have left this world far too soon all for the hope that the rest of us will live a life worth fighting for. Be that American. The type of American any stranger would gladly step into harm’s way for. The type of American Jesus went to the cross nearly 2,000 years ago for.
Reading plan: Acts 24
Deeper reading plan: Job 22, 23, 24
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet. Pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much. Pray for all the businesses trying to recover and keep their associates able to provide for their families. Pray that the world reopens without a surge of new COVID outbreaks. And pray that the world has undergone a lasting change and the flame of revival has been lit!
Fitness Challenge: It wouldn’t be Memorial Day without getting in on the Nation-wide Murph Memorial Day Challenge!
All for time. I usually break my sets up like so: 10 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, 30 air-squats, rest. For 10 rounds.