A few years after the end of the Civil War, General John Logan gave the order that May 30 would be designated as Decoration Day it was intended to be a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who had given their lives in defense of country. About a century later that day would be moved to the last Monday in May and be known as Memorial Day. Days like these are important because of our need to remember and give honor.

As we continue our study of Genesis this week, we will share the story of Noah. In this account of ark building, rain, flood and destruction, it’s easy to forget that it is also a story of deliverance and faithfulness. Because of God’s grace through the ark, Noah and his family are given a new beginning. God remembers Noah at the beginning of chapter 8 as the flood nears its end. “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” (Genesis 8:1) Noah remembers God later in the chapter as he stands on dry land again. “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.” (Genesis 8:20)

Each week as we join in communion, we remember the grace of God that is offered to us through His Son’s sacrifice.  “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’  In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”  (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)  Let’s remember all that God has done in our lives and His love for us this week and every week.         
– Brian


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