A Higher Purpose

Memorial Day weekend has never been ONLY the official beginning of summer for me. I grew up in a community that held observances at cemeteries. I saw members of the American Legion selling poppies to raise funds to assist veterans in need. As a teenager I was involved in multiple large-scale air shows hosted at airports observing the day. I stood at attention throughout the reading of the list of names of men and women from the surrounding counties who gave their lives in military service. I stood and saluted throughout the eerie and haunting sound of the playing of Taps. I watched, and sometimes participated in, the raising of the flag back to full-staff at noon to symbolize our continued dedication to pursue the ideals those men and women died fighting for. Since then, I have met former POW’s, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and even had the privilege of escorting some of these amazing individuals at events. I’ve listened to their first-hand stories that invariably involved the loss of the closest of friends and comrades-in-arms. Their experiences amaze me.

Is it any wonder, then, that one of my favorite passages of Scripture involves a group of men who were willing to give everything in service to the anointed king — and then to see that man, wholly devoted to God, demonstrate his own humility by offering their service to him as an act of worship to Yahweh? Join us this weekend as we look at the service of these men and their king and investigate how we might put into action our own devotion to the King of Kings.

-Jeff Roe