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May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land…Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains,…Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”1

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” (Galatians 5:1; MSG)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was a day to honor the fallen who had fought for a united nation and whose sacrifice freed from slavery those in chains. Worship God for your freedom. Thank Him that we live in a relatively free society—one of the freest in the earth today!

  2. Commit to spiritually fight on your knees to maintain the freedom of the United States of America, a country God founded for His purposes.

  3. Get some flowers or flags today, visit a cemetery and decorate the grave of a fallen soldier. Leave a note of thanks and hope for their family members. Tell them their loved one is not forgotten and that you care!

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, thank you for allowing me the privilege to live in a free America. Thank you again for gracing us, through great turmoil and cost at times, to be one of the freest societies on the earth today. I commit to intercede for the freedom of this nation and support those in the armed services who fight on foreign fronts for that continued freedom. Show me where I can bless a family who has lost a soldier relative and let them know that their loved one did not die in vain. I am thankful! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I am thankful for the freedom I have as a result of the cost that others have paid for that freedom! May they never be forgotten!

1 Excerpted from: John A. Logan, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, “HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868”., 2014.


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