May, the Month of Mother's Day, Graduations and Memorial Day

By Bobbie Jo King on 5-15-2024

Welcome to May. Sometimes it just amazes me how fast the years are flying by. In May we celebrate a few events: Mother’s Day, many high school graduations, Memorial Day and a few birthdays, at least in my family.

Moms, this month we honor all that Moms do for their families. Thank you for choosing life, for your love and care and working to raise happy, healthy, productive members of society. May we instruct our children in God’s ways so that when they are older, they may not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Let’s take a note from Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams (second US President) and mother of John Quincy Adams (sixth US President) and remember to pass on the knowledge of God:

The only sure and permanent foundation of virtue is religion. Let this important truth be engraven upon your heart. And also, that the foundation of religion is the belief of the one only God, and a just sense of his attributes, as a being infinitely wise, just, and good, to whom you owe the highest reverence, gratitude, and adoration; who superintends and governs all nature, even to clothing the lilies of the field, and hearing the young ravens when they cry; but more particularly regards man, whom he created after his own image, and breathed into him an immortal spirit, capable of a happiness beyond the grave; for the attainment of which he is bound to the performance of certain duties, which all tend to the happiness and welfare of society, and are comprised in one short sentence, expressive of 30 universal benevolence, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

To our high school graduates, congratulations on this momentous occasion. May you enter the adult world ready to continue learning. Any parent’s hope is that you honor God, love and defend truth and do justice. Be Biblical Citizens.

Memorial Day. Being a Veteran family, this takes on a personal meaning. Our Declaration of Independence has a final statement before our Forefathers signed that document:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor (emphasis mine).

On Memorial Day, we remember and honor our fallen service members who also pledged and gave their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to their country. They gave their one life for us. What can we do to thank them for their sacrifice? In the powerful quote from Saving Private Ryan, “Earn this.” The best way to thank our service members is to live a life worthy of their sacrifice. “Earn this!”