In yesterday’s Bible reading, I came across Joshua 4:6 and its timeliness struck me.
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, “What do these stones mean?”
This particular memorial served two purposes.
1. It was to remind those who experienced that amazing, dry-ground walk through the Jordan River, so that they would always remember God’s power and how He’d moved on their behalf.
2. It was a tool that would help them teach their children about God and their relationship with Him.
What is Memorial Day?
1. It is a time to remember the truth that freedom ISN’T free, and that we owe a debt to those who ensured our freedom to live as we do today. At the very least, our debt is to remember.
2. It is a tool, a time we should take advantage of to really educate our children, to help them understand more about this nation we live in and why we have it. It is our opportunity to introduce them to some who survived, and let their stories introduce our children – and us – to many who did not. Our children can’t remember, but we can tell them rather than letting them assume Memorial Day is nothing but a day for family reunions and hotdogs.
Someone (George Santayana?) once said that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”