I remember my mom. Patricia Ann Frazier. Mom was born on August 6, 1939 and passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2006. She was 67.
She was loving, kind and truthful. Mom didn’t put up with lies, fighting or being rude to others. She loved angels and butterflies. Her favorite hymn was, “In the Garden.”
I remember my dad, Vitus Price Frazier. Dad was born on June 12, 1936 and passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2009. He was 73.
Dad was a working man for sure. He believed in hard work and I remember these words that he often said to me, “Son, whatever you do in life, do the best that you can do.” Dad was faithful to his job, even though he really didn’t like it much. He worked it for 27 years until the company moved it’s operations to Canada.
Dad had things in his life that he struggled with, these struggles would cause him to turn to things that did not bring relief but more problems and heartaches.
Just one month before he passed away, Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Now, all of the turmoil and struggles would be things of the past.
The great news is that both mom and dad knew Jesus Christ as their savior. There will be a glad reunion one day.
The Origin of Memorial Day
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.
We all have family and friends, that have crossed the boundary between life and death.
It is on this day that we pay special tribute to those who have gone to a better place.
Some of the memories are of people who have served in the military. They believed that freedom was worth giving the ultimate sacrifice of their life if necessary.
To the families of those that have made that sacrifice, I say thank you for inspiring your family members to serve for a worthy cause.
Home of the free, because of the brave.
A Memorial to Jesus Christ
And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.
Deliverence from a life of doubt, and unbelief
There was a time in my kife that I was trapped by doubt and unbelief. I believed in God, that much I knew. Just when I believed in the fact that God existed I am not sure. I can tell you that as a small child I went to church; most every week. Of that I am sure.
At church I learned all of the lessons that a person is supposed to learn. I learned about the many different people of the Bible. I learned about the major events of the Bible. I read of the flood in the days of Noah. I read about David defeating the giant Goliath. I knew that Samson found his strength in the power of God
As I consider these thoughts and images and think back to what I know about these accounts, I come to the conclusion that in all of these the major theme is deliverence.
- Noah and the ark is more that just Noah bringing his family and some animals to safety. It is the plan of God for bringing man to a place where he again trusts and focuses on His saving grace.
- When David defeats Goliath it is more that a young lad defeating a giant oppressor, the account tells of how through faith in God we can be victorious over situations in our life that look impossible.
- The life of Samson is a great example of how the life of a believer is blessed when their faith is in the LORD, and what happens when God is not the focus of our faith.
This Memorial Day weekend I want to take a moment and reflect on the time when Jesus Christ took me from the trap of sin and brought me into the presence of His love.
A Sinner needs a Saviour
On September 10, 2000 I realized that I needed a Saviour to save me from my doubt and unbelief, (these things are sin) and so by faith I believed the words of Acts 16:31. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
Exodus 13:9 is a reminder to the children of Israel that it was the strong hand of the LORD that delivered them from the bonds of slavery in Egypt, and it was by the strong hands of Jesus Christ who was nailed to the cross of Calvary that I was brought out of the bonds of sin.
There was nothing that my own hands could do to deliver me from either the penalty of sin (Death), the presence of sin (it is everywhere), or the power of sin (it is too strong for me to combat).