Friday, June 24, 2005

This was written for Memorial Day, but is appropriate for every day.

Joshua 24:13-15 'I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.'
"Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Memorial Day Prayer
Oh Father, we have been so blessed. We wear clothes, which we did not sew. We eat food, which we did not raise. We live in houses, which we did not build, and we dwell in a land of such amazing freedom for which so many sacrificed so much. We have grace that is completely unmerited, and salvation for which Another died in our place.

Father we know that the temptation is always there to serve other gods - the gods of our own hands, our own “bootstraps”, and our own intellect. There are gods of our jobs, our pleasures, our possessions, and if we are not vigilant, even our freedoms can become our gods.

Oh Lord, may we always remember that every good and perfect gift comes from You. And when we are tempted to turn away, remind us, Oh Lord, of Your mercy and Your grace. May we realize that “this day” and every day, we must “choose whom ye will serve” and may we always emphatically state, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”

In the name of the One who died to set us free, even Jesus our Lord, Amen.


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