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Remembering

Pastor Darryl Miller  

Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist Churches  

616-636-5659

Deuteronomy 6:12: Watch yourself! Don’t forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. CEB

We celebrated Memorial Day this past week. Although there were nearly 100 flags on the graves of the military personnel that we were there to remember in the small cemetery, there were only about 30 people in attendance. I was very thankful for them but could not help but wonder where the rest were. 

The word remember is found 240 times in the Old and New Testament. I get the idea that God wants us to remember. He knows our nature and how, as the Israelites did in the desert, we can quickly forget the blessings that we have been given and where they have come from. We have freedom in an Earthly sense because brave men and women have sacrificed themselves on our behalf. We have true freedom because God sacrificed His Son Jesus on our behalf. However, the bible warns us to use that freedom not for selfish reasons but to serve others: “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” Galatians 5:13.

When the Israelites were freed from slavery, they quickly began to take God for granted and complained instead of trusting and being thankful. Please be careful not to let the freedom that we enjoy because of the sacrifice of others become something taken for granted. God wants joy for us and so He blesses us with freedom. Be thankful for that freedom and do not forget the price that was paid on your behalf so that you can be free, physically, and more importantly, spiritually.  

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