Do You Think Old Stuff is Irrelevant?

The holiday sparks today’s word-of-the-week…

MEMORIAL

MondayToday’s Memorial Day in the U.S.

It’s a day for remembering, but memorials are also about traditions, markers, and monuments. Many of us will travel today to special places, either physically or in spirit, to pay our respects and remember loved ones.

In Joshua 4, God told Joshua to create a special memorial to commemorate His people’s entry into the Promised Land. After the work was finished, Joshua gave this command.

“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

It’s easy to forget. When life gets busy and NOW seems so pressing, old stuff can seem, well, old and irrelevant. It’s tempting to move forward and pretend the old stuff doesn’t matter.

That’s a mistake. Just like that alter of stones, we need to remember those who came before. Before we fire up the grill we need to stop and honor their sacrifices, their wisdom, and their hard work.

Happy Memorial Day!

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