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Memorial Day 2018


Memorial Day 

Dear Precious Saints of MBC,

I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. 
When I was younger, I had the chance to visit Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC and see the Tomb of the Unknown soldier.  It was among the more memorable places I'd visited.  We arrived at noon and saw the changing of the guard.  I still recall the soldiers marching, guarding the tomb. The precision and discipline of those soldiers was truly amazing.  An inscription on the tomb itself reads: "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."  That event deeply marked me.
Since that time I've visited several other national cemeteries.   Thirty years ago Connie and I visited Punch Bowl National Cemetery in Hawaii.  Fifteen years ago the cemetery at Normandy Beach, France, where the invasion of D-Day took place.  A few years back we visited the American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.   
Each of those events reminded me what Memorial Day weekend is all about.  The older I get, the more profoundly humbled I am by the many people who have given their lives for our country.   
I am about 2/3 of the way through a book about the Revolutionary War.  As I've read about the sacrifice and service of those men my appreciation and gratitude has increased.  Don't allow this weekend to pass without pausing to remember the sacrifice of our brave soldiers.  Pray for our nation and its leaders.  Pray for our soldiers, airmen and sailors.  Pray for our police and firemen.  For all our problems and faults, we still remain the greatest, most powerful and most free nation on this planet.
See you on Sunday!
In the light of His glory and grace,   
Pastor Doug