A few quick and somewhat random thoughts for this Memorial Day.
For the second year in a row we are having a few friends over to celebrate the holiday. This year it was Mike's idea, mainly because he got a smoker for his birthday and he needs lots of people to eat whatever big piece of meat he makes. Tomorrow it will be a brisket and two pork butts that will turn into BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. The brisket was trimmed and rubbed today and went into the smoker around 8pm. We won't eat it until about 4pm tomorrow. Mike has been running in and out of the house adjusting the temperature on his smoker all night. He's gonna be up doing this while I sleep. While I'm not a huge fan of Texas BBQ, I admire his dedication.
Memorial Day is when we remember those who died fighting for our freedoms. That's important, for sure. I have lots of family that have served our country but none that died in service that I can think of. It does remind me of when we arrived at the cemetery for my dad's internment and we surprised to see a flag draped over his casket. He served in the National Guard for a very short time during Vietnam to avoid being drafted. He loathed it and never spoke of it but got very emotional when the subject of others dying in Vietnam would come up. All in all it was funny that someone had told the funeral director of his service, hence the flag.
Patriotic holidays also drag up for me a newly acquired disdain for large displays of nationalism in church. I love my country but I share a stronger bond with a believer in communist China than I do with a non-believer down the street. My feelings on this are complicated but Kevin DeYoung wrote a fantastic piece about it this week. The more I learn about the suffering in the world, particularly outside our country, the less I care about celebrating the wealth and opportunity of the US. I wish we'd spend less time celebrating and more time using our wealth and opportunity to help those than don't have it. Our freedoms are incredible, especially the freedom to worship as we like, but our freedom in Christ is so much greater. That's something I could celebrate all day, every day.
So what have you got planned for this Memorial Day?