A Blessed Memorial

What this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her. —Matthew 26:13

Certain names from the past can elicit a variety of responses. The mention of Hitler, for example, brings feelings of contempt. On the other hand, a great historical figure like Churchill brings a positive response. Even within the circle of our own acquaintances, we remember some individuals with thankfulness, while we think negatively of others whose lives were spent in selfish pursuits.

On this Memorial Day we pause to honor those of past generations. While many stirring recollections flood our minds, we realize that the time will come when each of us will also be a memory. What will others recall of our words and deeds when they think of us?

Recently I read about James Lewis Pettigru. His life was so exemplary that after his death the community erected a tombstone in his honor inscribed with these words:

UNAWED BY OPINION,

UNSEDUCED BY FLATTERY,

UNDISMAYED BY DISASTER,

HE CONFRONTED LIFE WITH COURAGE,

AND DEATH WITH CHRISTIAN HOPE.

What a blessed memorial! Determine by the grace of God to live for the Lord and give yourself to the needs of others. Your testimony will then become a source of blessing and inspiration to all who follow in your steps. —RWD

What have you written on memory’s page?

Deeds that were done in the Master’s name?

Words that were spoken to spread His fame?

What have you written today?  —Anon.

James Louis Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863) was an American lawyer, politician, and jurist inSouth Carolina.  He is best known for his service as the Attorney General Of South Carolina,  his juridical work that played a key role in the recodification of the state’s law code. He was also known for opposing nullification  and, in 1860, state secession.

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