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Memory – in . of …

Memorial Sunday, May 28, 2017.  It didn’t have the look of a posed picture.  I hope it wasn’t.  Any posed photo would insult the veteran under the stone marking his grave.  It would also disgrace a private moment.  It seemed so real.  A woman holding roses in the crook of her left arm, her right bent over the top of the stone, her head on that arm—remembering, sorrowing, perhaps weeping, perhaps talking to the body below as if the departed-person could hear.  San Diego U-T, 5/29/17

In moments like these…melancholia seizes us…we grieve…we miss those who have gone before…leaving us behind to remember…to continue…to never forget.  And to thank God that Jesus rose from the grave, guaranteeing the present delight of our dead in Christ’s presence.  Guaranteeing the resurrection of all the dead in Christ, who receive a new, immortal body created in Christ’s image revealed in Revelation 1:12-18.  The instant and temporary sorrow will one day be overwhelmed by the VICTORY coming to all who love the ONE who loved us and gave himself for us.  Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

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Memory – of event that identifies us

An event in WWI brought some 20,000 people together in Paris, April, 2017.  Most of them Canadians, they congregated to remember the battle of Vimy Ridge.  The three-day battle cost the Canadians 2600 dead and 7000 wounded.  More importantly, the Canadians drove the Germans from the Ridge for good.  More importantly still, they fought as citizens of Canada, a united group of the same country.  It began a shift in Canadian thought from being a member of the British Commonwealth to being an independent nation.  San Diego U-T, 4/10/17

In whatever state of our Union, in whatever nation of our hemisphere, in whatever country of the world, Christians remain a singular group of people.  Jesus Christ established us on Pentecost and merged us there into a unity greater than our differences can dis-unite.  We exist in a world divided over competing religions, but Jesus dismisses them all in his cosmic role as Creator and Sustainer of everything in the universe.  In his Sovereign role as sole Ruler and Judge of Humanity.  In his Compassionate role to Christians as Savior by forgiveness, Lord by ruling every day, Inspiration by his return from Heaven and Security before God by being our eternal High Priest.

The Canadians needed a battle to distinguish themselves as a separate nation.  Christians need only the Lord Jesus Christ to identify us as ONE people of many nations, in a unity of faith his ONE FAITH established. 

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Memory –energized by a 65 year old event

One day in 1995 the mother-daughter duo leafed through Valentine cards at an antique store.  The daughter spied a fancy-foldout card.  To her surprised delight it had her mother’s signature on the back.  She had given that card to her teacher 65 years before!  It may have cost her mother a dime in 1930.  It cost her daughter $20 to purchase it from the antique store—and worth it.  Reminisce, Hard Cover book, p. 191

A spiritual principle lurks in their experience.  The best time to become a Christian is within our early teen years:  when we still have a relatively unmarked life.  Or as soon as possible, when our bad habits haven’t become so essential we can’t live without them.  However, while that’s true, and equally true that the longer we wait to accept Christ the harder it is to get beyond old habits, accept Jesus, whatever the cost!  Never live without him, however short our experience with him.  A day spent with Jesus excels a lifetime without him.  Never die without him, for eternity then will be one complete, overwhelming misery.

Memory – all that’s left

Juanita Johnson wrote a poem about former old-fashioned entertainment:  moonlight hayrides, box suppers, quilting bees, Sunday picnics.  All of them in her time “only memories.”  In ours, “impossibly-ancient times”.  Rural Ideals 

Christians also have memories:  of friends loved, now gone to Jesus; of goals set and… sometimes reached.  More often of goals set…and unfulfilled.  Memories of what we knew would happen, and did.  What we were sure would, but didn’t.  What we steeled ourselves to face…but found ourselves but half-prepared.  What we feared enough to flee, but on facing found not half as bad as anticipated.

The glory of faith in Christ, however, is the pleasure of having memories, a present life with him and a future beyond all our imaginations and dreams.  Appreciate all three.  Learn from the memories, but live for now and tomorrow.  Memories can’t return.  They can only remind us of what used to be.  But life in Christ…aah…good for today, for tomorrow and good forever.

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Memory – remembering Pearl Harbor, 12/7/16

The youngsters playing in High School marching bands contrasted with the aged, often-wheelchair-bound veterans they played to honor.  Nevertheless, those born in 2000 and those born in the 1920’s had a common purpose:  remembering the Pearl Harbor catastrophe that changed America’s role in the world to this day.

It’s been 75 years since it happened.  It could have been yesterday for the veterans.  Those who personally experienced it, whether in the military or as civilians, still remember:  smoke, smells, explosions, bullets, fires, explosions indelibly imprinted on minds young then and old now.  But always remembered.  Those able to serve carried ammunition to guns still firing at the invaders.  Or stood on the ground armed only with rifles or machine guns firing at the strafing bombers and fighters.

One woman, then 10 years old, had won a jitterbug contest Saturday night, 6 December, 1941.  She waved at the approaching planes, thinking they were Americans.  The next minute “ran for her life.”  In 2016 she returned to the school she attended as a 10 year-old.  She showed the teacher some of her school work, December, 1941 style.  Two sisters 9 and 8 were going to drive by their housing near Hickam Field, though it had been long since demolished.  Just being close to the place gave them comfort.

The responses were varied in San Diego, some terribly serious, others serio-comic.  Among the serious:  news reports proliferated of enemy planes over California and over San Diego, later proved false.  But one guy standing outside a SDG&E building was arrested and sentenced to 29 days in jail.  His crime was “loitering” near a defense center.  One guy came to the San Diego police and volunteered for service—he had deserted from the Army Air Corps in 1928.  Among the serio-comic:  the cops kept to their work and arrested some ladies of the night for “vagrancy,” their euphemism for prostitution.  Hailed before the judge, he let them go.  While telling them to “avoid downtown bars and hotels”—which you can be assured they didn’t—he told them they could best serve the country by “staying out of jail and keeping busy” italics added.  Since keeping busy meant only one thing to the soiled doves, they likely kept busy.  The Weather Bureau couldn’t make reports for a while.  The director quipped it was a blessing.  Not forecasting, he couldn’t be condemned for an inaccurate forecast.  (A problem even 2016 weathermen still have.)  San Diego U-T, 12/7/16

One guy had news of the attack coming home from church.  One woman, living in Mission Hills, had an idea it was coming.  She had worked for months in a secret government department that kept track of traffic along the border.  7 December, 1941.  7 December, 2016.  75 years apart.  And we still live in the shadow of that 75 year-old-event.  Those experiencing it first-hand will soon be dead.  But not even the babies of today will fail to be influenced by that day, and its ensuing 192 weeks.

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