“May day. May day.” Listen! Do you hear that? “May day! May day!!” Our Ship of States has lost its moorings and is adrift. We must take notice and respond now, not with dismay or despair, but in hope and obedience. This is the day our Lord has made for us, His people. In the days of this May, we can rejoice and be glad in them.
The first day comes fast upon us--the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5th. For 60 years God’s Word has called out through this national pause for His people to seek His face in prayer. II Chronicles 7:14 calls for His people to remember Whose they are, to humbly declare that they are called by His Name, and to pray. Seek God’s face with a pure desire to serve Him alone; pray in confession, ask forgiveness, then turn away from sin. God assures us that He will hear our prayers, forgive us, and heal our land.
There are many and varied prayer gatherings at city and township halls, parks, and churches. Don’t miss out! At 7:00 pm turn your head, heart, and hands toward Heaven. Corporate prayer is vital, but personal prayer is essential to give voice to such Scripture as II Timothy 2: 1-2, Psalm 91: 2, and others. Let’s ask the Father for a moral rebirth of our beloved America. God honors such praying.
The National Day of Prayer reminds us to be concerned for our national, state, and local leaders, plus for institutions such as schools and services such as police and fire. The next May day deals with the bedrock of every society.
The New Testament builds upon Exodus 20: 12 with Ephesians 6:1-4: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), S0 THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (NASB)
The love, respect, and obedience of children toward their parents not only foster a happy home life but also encourage the children’s growing walk in Christ. Adult children instruct their children through example by honoring their own father and mother. Respect and esteem are earned and owed between parent and child as each submits out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5: 21).
It sometimes happens that relationships are strained, challenged, and broken for various reasons and issues that build up over many years. Mother’s Day (Sunday May 8th) is a gift from God to allow us to grow through forgiveness (the same for Father’s Day, June 19th). Regardless of age and issue, seek guidance from the Holy Spirit for healing and reconciliation. Jesus died on the Cross for our sins! Seek His forgiveness, then lavishly spread His love throughout your family. Start with Mother’s Day and honor your father and mother.
Sunday, May 15th marks this year’s observance of Peace Officer’s Memorial Day honoring those men and women who died in service to their community. Law and order serve as the bedrock for civility and safety in our day-to-day lifestyle. Old fashioned respect for the “cop on the beat” must again be the norm. To see a uniformed officer on patrol, on foot or in a cruiser, should give every child and youth a sense that they are seeing a respected family friend. This day offers a pause to pray for the families left behind and give honor to every fallen officer who wore the badge of peace.
To wear the uniform of our Armed Forces is a great responsibility! On Saturday, May 21st we celebrate Armed Forces Day. We are proud of the men and women serving on active duty around the world, on ship, on shore, and in the air. The sacrifices made both by individuals and by families put stress on marriages and impact parental responsibilities. Pray for our troops! This should be a daily act of expressing our thanks and honoring each person serving in America’s military!
May 30th is Decoration/Memorial Day. Memorial Day is observed, not celebrated! Our nation pauses to remember the sacredness of life and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during armed combat. Historians record the names of battles--hills taken and lost, strategies and logistics employed. Patriots, remember the high price paid in lives!!
Let’s remember that our freedom is God-gifted--to Him is all glory, praise, and honor!