Sunday, May, 1, 2016 | 8:31 PM | by June
Who do you think of during the month of May?
I’ve turned my calendar to May as I begin to write this article. Some of the dates are marked as special days. It got me thinking.
The first specially marked day is May fifth. No, not “Cinco De Mayo,” but The Ascension of Our Lord. So, I got to thinking about my Lord Jesus. The Bible teaches us that 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus, was in the presence of his disciples and He ascended bodily into the glory of His Father, to prepare a place for us (you and me) in heaven. Now, as He sits at the right hand of the Father, we understand that Jesus fully exercises His divine power over the whole universe. He is our Prophet (sending people to proclaim the saving power of the Gospel), our Priest (praying for us before the Father), and King (ruling over and protecting His church and governing over all the world especially for the benefit of His church.
Next up, May eighth. Yes, Mother’s day. I think of my mother, Aileen, back in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. It is a great day to take time to thank all of the women who support us in our many endeavors. They are always there to provide their special insights and encouragement! Without them many of our efforts would fall short of their goals. Let us never take them for granted and always tell them how much we appreciate them.
Then too, the month of May brings May fifteenth. The Day of Pentecost. I think of the Holy Spirit. I think of the Spirit’s work of sanctifying me (making me holy) by bringing me to faith in Christ, so that I might have the blessings of redemption and lead a godly life. Even though I was spiritually blind, dead, and an enemy of God, the Holy Spirit called me to the Gospel.
A week later, May twenty-second, it is Trinity Sunday. I remember from my training in Luther’s Small Catechism, that the Triune God is a spirit (a personal being without a body); eternal (without beginning and without end); unchangeable (immutable); almighty, all powerful (omnipotent); present everywhere (omnipresent); holy (sinless and hating sin); just (fair and impartial); faithful (keeping His promises); good (kind, desiring our welfare); merciful, (full of pity); gracious (showing undeserved kindness, forgiving); and love.
Finally, May thirtieth is Memorial Day. I remember my many family members, friends, members of my congregations who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country by giving their lives in its defense. We should never forget these sacrifices nor take them for granted. “I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23) “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me: your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:4-6) I can’t help also, but to think of those of my friends who came back with serious injuries which changed their lives forever. Lives broken by the ravages of war. I am also aware of the many men and women who actively serve in America’s Armed Forces in the four corners of the world even as I write these lines. They secure our freedom at great cost!
Who Do you Remember?
God Be Praised!