Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Memorial Day is a special day in our country. It’s a day when we honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.
For many years, we had a family tradition of going down to Main Street in Northport Village to watch the parade. There were bands playing, boy scouts marching, and fire trucks at the end. We even had our own Pioneer Girls and Boy’s Brigade marching down the street.
But the biggest applause always went to the men and women who served in the military. Especially the older ones in their seventies, eighties, and nineties who had served in World War Two. As they walked by, the talking usually stopped and the clapping increased to a crescendo. We were there to honor them and they marched to honor the ones that died. It was a truly touching experience.
The Bible often refers to Christians as being in the army of God. I can hear the song I grew up with, in my head as I write this: “Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.”
Years ago, we had another tradition on the Sunday before Memorial Day in our church where we would share the names of loved ones in God’s army who had passed on. They were great men and women who loved God and were used by God to help build our church. They left a legacy that we as a church wanted to honor.
This Memorial Day, I want to uphold that tradition and add one more name to that list. Pastor Lester F. Ayars who led our church from 1968 to 2015. Many of you know him and for many of you, he had a tremendous impact on your life. I know he had a tremendous impact on me.
So let’s use this day to honor him, to honor the saints that are no longer with us and those who are near and dear to your heart too.
– Pastor Andy Laub