It’s Memorial Day weekend. Everyone is gearing up for their summer vacations, relaxing by the pool, and cooking outdoors. As I take a minute to reflect and remember loved ones gone to soon, soldiers and officers, workers in the military, emergency workers, medical professionals working to save lives everyday, and those who fight for our country and our freedom, I can’t forget about God’s army of missionaries, pastors, Bible and Sunday School teachers, ministers and the entire host of foot soldiers on the battlefield sharing the good news of God’s love, grace and His mercy. We honor and salute all of you today. John 3:16 (ESV) says for God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. I had to let that sink in for a minute. God did not forget about us. He gave so that we could live. God’s love saved my life and I can never forget that.
May is a busy month for me. I’m marking up my calendar with events for the summer months and plans for the weekends ahead. The month of May brings a few holidays with it also such as Mother’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. It’s also Older Americans Month according to my health calendar. I took a look at my church calendar which is usually full of reminders, events, services and rehearsal dates and noticed the Annual National Day of Prayer is coming soon. It’s on May 5, 2016 for this year’s observance. I will be sure to mark, circle and highlight it on all of my calendars. National Day of Prayer is not promoted or marketed like the other days. There are no ads, sales events, parties or special promotions and announcements with this one. It’s a pure and simple invitation for everyone to take some time out to pray and reverence God’s name. We all need prayer, not just for one day, but everyday.