MONDAY, MAY 27
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV
FAMILY CIRCUS: MAKING MEMORIES
On May 31, 2004 President Bush shared these words on Memorial Day, “This morning I had the honor of placing a wreath before the Tomb of the Unknowns. This custom is observed every Memorial Day on behalf of the American people as a mark of gratitude and respect. And when this ceremony is concluded, and all of us have gone on our way, the Honor Guard will keep watch over the Tomb. Every hour of every day, on the coldest nights, in the hardest rain, there is a sentinel of the 3rd U.S. Infantry standing guard. The soldiers entrusted with that duty count it a privilege. And, today, as we reflect on the men and women who have died in the defense of America, all of us count it a privilege to be citizens of the country they served.”
President Bush went on to say, “Those who risked their lives on our behalf are often very clear about what matters most in their own lives, and they tell it to those they love. Master Sergeant Kelly Hornbeck, of the Special Forces, was killed in action last January, south of Samarra. To his parents back in Fort Worth, Texas, he wrote this: “I am not afraid, and neither should either of you be — For I trust in my God and my training, two powerful forces that cannot be fully measured.”
President Bush’s words still ring true, “Those who risked their lives on our behalf are often very clear about what matters most in their own lives.” Deuteronomy 6 is a message God gave Moses to give to the nation of Israel prior to crossing into the promised land. God wanted children to be taught what mattered most. God makes a point to tell them to “impress” these words on their children. We should be diligent to teach our kids about things that matter the most.
So this Memorial Day, don’t just cook out and enjoy a day off. But also take time to talk with your kids about why this day is special and why God is special. Building memories around things that matter most is key to building strong families.