Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Well, Memorial Day is upon us here in the US. For most, it signals the beginning of summer. The pool finally opens, the grills fire up, and many of us enjoy a long weekend for the first time since New Year’s.

It saddens me a bit, though, to think how the true meaning of Memorial Day has been lost amid the seasonal celebrations. 

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.


Sobering, isn’t it? Kind of puts that hamburger in a whole new light. I’m not trying to be a killjoy, so don’t misunderstand. There is nothing inherently wrong with our barbecues and gaieties on this weekend. Still, I think it’s important that we not lose sight of reality, even on this small point.

As the older generations leave us, we find ourselves further and further from remembering a time when our military was truly honored and remembered. Ask a 13-year-old about Memorial Day. Ask him or her why it is that veterans hand out poppies this time of year (if you’re wondering about the poppies in the picture above, here’s the explanation). I’m willing to bet that most—even the homeschooled children—don’t have a clue. I do hope I’m wrong, though.

Well, with that, I truly do hope you enjoy your weekend and whatever festivities may await you. But before you dive into summer, take a few moments first to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Don’t just preach (or teach or talk) about the gospel.
  • I give this reporter a lot of credit. Not sure I could have lasted that long doing an interview with Kenneth Copeland.
  • Thoughts on teaching from the Old Testament.
  • I don’t know about you, but I’m at the age where I look ahead to retirement and think, “Golly, that’s a long time away!” Still, it is prudent to plan. Far more important, though, is our true retirement.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I love this and wish more parents would follow suit in encouraging their children to step away from the screens and the organized sports and just go outside and have fun.
  • I only recently became aware of Helen Rosaveare and now I look forward to meeting her in Heaven one day!
  • Wait, what? How is this even remotely fair or even sensible? Not to mention, how is it not insulting to basically everyone?
  • Yikes. Let’s please be praying for Dayton this weekend, and particularly for the law enforcement in that city.

We are brought into God’s kingdom by grace; we are sanctified by grace; we receive both temporal and spiritual blessings by grace; we are motivated to obedience by grace; we are called to serve and enabled to serve by grace; we receive strength to endure trials by grace; and finally, we are glorified by grace. The entire Christian life is lived under the reign of God’s grace.

Jerry Bridges
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