As we approach Memorial Day, it is interesting to note that it first began in 1866 as our country was coming out of its most bloody conflict - a Civil War that caused brother to fight against brother. Memorial Day was a time to remember those who had died, to remind everyone of the tragedy of war, and to challenge us to grow more together as a nation. It is a reminder of the sacredness of life and of our connectedness to one another regardless of our differences. Memorial Day is about remembering those people who have died to try to bring peace to this world of ours - so that we might strive to work through all our differences and see our fundamental relationship as children of God.
We are a country which is becoming more and more diverse, in many different ways. There is no question that this can lead to challenges, but what wonderful opportunities it offers us all as well. To succeed will take each of us being committed to remembering our common bond. We can't turn away from this challenge. People who refuse to get involved in the challenges that surround them are like the story of the two shipwrecked men in a lifeboat who, from their end of the boat, watch as those at the other end bail frantically to keep the boat afloat. The one says to the other, "Thank heaven, the hole is not on our end of the boat!" We need to be about remembering today all the people who travel this adventure of life with us, no matter how separate they might seem from ourselves - because we are all in this together. Too many people feel left out today, including at times by the church.
Remember this Memorial Day, in addition to those who died in time of war, those who taught you to believe in the best the world, and you, can be. How wonderful to have people like that in our lives...people who understand what Jesus means when he asks us to "love one another as I have loved you."-who loved us when we were unlovable, who believed in us when we had a hard time believing in ourselves, who gave us hope and helped us dream, who taught us to remember what unites us rather than what divides us. Do you have people like that in your heart? Those people are there forever. We need to remember them, by thanking them not only in our mind, but honor them by being that type of person for others.
Give thanks today, for those who have fought for peace, so that we might continue to be peacemakers today. Give thanks today for all the people, living and dead, near and far away whose memory and example give us the courage and companionship we need on our journeys, who remind us of our connectedness to one another. Give thanks by following their example - give all you can to make our world a better and more united place. This is how we honor the heroes of our life.
See you in church.
Yours in Christ
Rev Herb Taylor Pastor
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Some men in the church gather for a monthly breakfast together at a local diner/coffee shop. We are holding the next breakfast for Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30am, at Andy's Diner near Porter Square in Cambridge @ 2030 Mass Ave. If you are interested in joining for good food and good conversation, please email Pastor Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan for the breakfast. Also, if you have ideas about a convenient location or any other input, please give Herb an email.
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