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Because Jeremiah is commonly considered the author of Lamentations, many of us tend to think of him as rather glum and gloomy. But he has also written many encouraging and comforting Bible verses, including this one that I thought would bless us all for Memorial Day:
I will turn their mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13
Definitely NOT gloomy!! And along with these comforting words, I wanted to share one of the old Christian hymns that may not be very familiar, but has some lovely lyrics that are definitely appropriate for Memorial Day devotions, God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand. And, in honor of my beloved father, who was so proud of his military service – and of whom we were all so proud, I chose the music version sung by a group he thoroughly enjoyed, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, from the album Most Popular Encores.
Being in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren, we are very likely to have a special heart for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, since so many of us have special family memories of loved ones who have served, and perhaps died in the course of that service. And that can mean our elderly parents, our peers, or even our kids and grandkids and their friends! I know that’s true for me! Whether you are remembering old or young members of the military – or both, I pray for you, for all of us – God’s comfort, encouragement, love, and peace that passes all understanding.
P.S. If you are dealing with grief and loss issues as you remember beloveds who have gone ahead, I highly recommend two books full of encouraging and comforting Bible verses, words, and devotions for all of us – from young to seniors – to lift your spirits – When Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Arthur and 90 Days of God’s Goodness by Randy Alcorn.