November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. It’s a federal holiday where we honor those who have dedicated their lives to American freedom. Veterans Day is the anniversary of the signing of the World War I armistice, which ended the hostilities between the United States and other Allied nations with Germany in 1918. Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who died in service, Veterans Day is a day set aside for honoring all veterans, living and dead. Veterans Day was started by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918 but it wasn’t adopted by Congress until 1926. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day before becoming Veterans Day in 1954. Celebrate the day with Bible scripture and verses.
The early morning sun begins to rise behind the Iwo Jima Memorial on November 11, 2004 in Arlington, Virginia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Memorial Day Scriptures and Bible verses are used by many as a way to show their respect for fallen soldiers. There are several patriotic holidays observed in the United States. These include Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day and the Fourth of July or Independence Day. On the Fourth of July the nation celebrates its birth. Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day are times to celebrate, honor and show reverence for those who’ve served in the military. However, Memorial Day honors those veterans who sacrificed their lives for the nation, while Veterans’ Day recognizes all who served in the military. For Christians, Memorial Day is in line with Biblical teachings of making the ultimate sacrifice for others as this is the basis of Christian theology and the expression of the Bible verse found in John 15:3 that states, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (KJV). Memorial Day is a time to honor those fallen soldiers who laid down their lives for the safety, freedom and well-being of every American citizen. Whether for personal Bible study, devotions or needing Scriptures for your own Memorial Day traditions, the following Bible verses express the sentiment behind Memorial Day.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:3 #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/oIl1MuS2LA
— Shepherd’s Gate (@sgatechurch) May 27, 2016
Full Context at Breakfast Bible Bytes
Memorial day – A day of Appreciation and Gratitude pic.twitter.com/zokTXqGCD6
— Gregory Deans (@GBDeans) May 29, 2016
Because Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died in service, Bible verses that offer comfort, assurance of salvation, resurrection of the body and the reunion of believers after death offer great hope to those grieving the loss of loved ones. Scripture also talks about believers as “soldiers in Christ” and these Bible verses are often used in Memorial Day observances. The following video puts many applicable Bible verses with photos that express the grief and sorrow that often accompanies Memorial Day and those who’ve lost friends and family. There is great hope for Christians who believe that though their loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice in their service to their nation, they will one day be reunited in heaven.
Dr. Eric Z from Living the Abundant Life compiled a list of 21 Bible Verses for Memorial Day.
21 Bible Verses for Memorial Day via @DrEricZielinski
— Dr. Z (@DrEricZielinski) May 25, 2016
The list begins with a look at Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1-8. As these verses are found in Judaism through the Torah and in Christianity through the Bible, the passages are applicable to many who are grieving. The passage speaks about times in life and how everything has a season, including war and peace.
“1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (KJV)
The song Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds was based on Ecclesiastes Chapter 3.
A #SpiritualThought from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 pic.twitter.com/7PhpX88pwY
— The Salvation Army (@salvationarmyuk) April 12, 2016
Many people find comfort from Scripture on Memorial Day. Powerful verses such as Psalm 46:9 remind those who are grieving that the day is coming when all wars will cease and peace will reign.
Morning verse – “Psalm 46:9” (Grace Bible Research Institute – pic.twitter.com/rsuKmNZ2Ot
— GBRI – Daily Verse (@GBRILIVE) January 26, 2015
Psalm 116:15 reminds those left behind that the death of the saints is precious to God.
Precious in the Sight of the LORD Is the Death of His Godly Ones. ~Psalm 116:15#NeverForget#2A #VeteransMatter pic.twitter.com/KS5sTjBcHT
— Blackwater Alumni J (@JMontanaPOTL) October 18, 2015
Pastors, are you giving a sermon related to a Mother’s Day theme?
In one church I attended, this particular day was the 2nd highest day in visitor attendance, after Easter Sunday.
It’s an excellent time to
- preach an evangelistic sermon or
- plant a seed that needs to be watered over time
- review your hospitality practices to make sure you are ready for guests.
Bible Verses for Mother’s Day
Here are 17 Bible Verses for Mother’s Day sermon for your thoughts as you prepare a sermon.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you. ~Philippians 1:2-3
Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. ~ I Corinthians 13:4-7.
Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life. ~Ephesians 6:1-3
Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it. ~ Proverbs 22:6
May she who gave you birth be happy. ~ Proverbs 23:25
A kindhearted woman gains respect.~Proverbs 11:16
So be happy with your wife, and find joy with the woman you married.~Proverbs 5:18
Find a wife and you find a good thing, it shows the Lord is good to you. ~Proverbs 18:22
You made all of the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. ~ Psalm 139: 13
You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. ~ 1 Peter 3:4
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.~ Psalm 127:3
Keep your love for one another at full strength, because love covers a multitude of sins. ~1 Peter 4:8
Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you. ~ Exodus 20:12
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb ~ Psalm 139:13
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. ~Proverbs 14:1
Of course, Proverbs 31:10-12 and 25-31
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things,but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
- Is your church evaluating its hospitality and preparing for a number of visitors that day?
- Can you do a quick review of 7 Ways to Prepare Your Church for Mother’s Day?
- Some people are allergic to fresh flowers that are pinned to them. Keep that in mind if you are giving out fresh cut flower stems.