Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. We all know that it is the unofficial kickoff to summer. There was some great weather and I know many people took advantage of it with trips to the lake, family cookouts, and more. Most of my weekend was consumed by another DIY project. My wife and I built and installed wainscoting to our dining room. We love how it turned out! Don’t worry, we got some good food in too. On Monday, I made what was probably the best bunch of smoked ribs that I have ever made. It was a good weekend.
In the midst of all the activities, I pray you also took time to acknowledge what the weekend was truly about. Memorial Day is set aside that we might remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. We are reminded that the price of freedom is high. I give thanks for all who have served and their families. I pray that we never get so caught up with “celebrating” that we fail to remember.
As I reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day, I also thought about the church and all of those who sacrificed so much to live as disciples and to share the good news. This coming weekend in the church is Pentecost. Pentecost is generally acknowledged as the beginning of the Christian church. As we mark this important occasion in the church, I invite you to wear red to services this coming weekend. Red is the traditional color of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. I hope you’ll join me as we “celebrate” the church this weekend.