Scripture: Psalm 78:1-7

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It dawned on me the other day that many of our WWII veterans are beginning to enter their 90’s if they haven’t already. This was my grandparent’s generation, and it will not be long before they are gone. As ten years have now passed since September 11th, and still pause on that day to remember, I think it is important for us to pause and remember tomorrow–it not for us, for our grandparent’s generation, so that their memories are not forgotten.

In the past, oral tradition kept the stories alive, of war and battles, of heroes and tragedies. Today we rely on instant replay and YouTube. We are losing the oral memories, passed on from generational to generation.

As we look towards the path of peace, the Way of Christ, we still remember those who have died in wars and battles past. We still honor the service of those who gone before us, as we work toward building peace in the world for that day when nation will not lift up sword against nation. But in order to create true peace, we cannot lose the stories of the past, and it is important for us to honor the memories of those who went before us.

Ancient of Days, help us to remember and honor our ancestors and the generations before us by listening to their stories and telling them to our children. Help us to keep alive the memories of those who have gone before us so that we can be a living witness to Your love, hope and peace in our world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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