The circling year again brings round
This proud Memorial Day,
With mingled joy and grief profound,
We deck with wreaths the sacred mound,
Where patriot soldiers lay.
Tis meet that we this honor show,
And pledge this day anew,
Our fadeless faith, that all may know
How strong this faith will ever grow,
In loyal hearts and true.
Our land so broad, so grand, so free,
Pays homage to the band,
Who fought and bled, and died that We
An Undivided nation be,
The peer of any land.
Pile granite to the vaulted skies;
Carve words of deathless fame;
Let marble monuments arise
Where’er the soldier-patriot lies,
In honor of his name.
~ Z. F. Riley
Here’s a short but profitable list of reads discovered this week:
Can We Really Be Free From Fear? HT to nikkipolani. “The secret to our emancipation from enslavement to our excessive fears is a fear transfer. We need to stop fearing other things more than Jesus.” “For the Christian, every storm serves the Lord Jesus and demonstrates some aspect of his sovereign power.”
Domestic Abuse: A Victim’s Story. This is far more common than realized, in homes where you’d least expect it. If you need help or know someone who does, or suspect someone does, please read this.
Seven Lies We Tell Unmarried Women, HT to True Woman.
Speak Life: How to Deal When Your Children Fight.
Royalty-free images and copyright violations. This was from a Facebook post about a blogger who had gotten in trouble for using a photo she found on the Internet without permission. This article was linked and gives clear definitions about the different kinds of licenses, sources for free photos, etc.
5 Kid-friendly Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day, HT to The Story Warren.
Speaking of Memorial Day, Laura shared some great ways to celebrate as well and included this helpful graphic:
So thankful for those who have laid down their lives for our country.
Here are some noteworthy reads that caught my eye this week:
How to Prevent Brotherly Love.
Forgiveness: What If He Isn’t Sorry? Excellent, well thought-out, thorough article on this subject. Too many people have a glib answer to this which overlooks some Scriptural principles, so I am very happy to see some of this articulated.
Wedded Bliss: 10 Years Married to a Sports Addict. Good article about dealing with a husband’s hobbies. I don’t think a wife necessarily has to jump in and experience it with him – I think it’s ok to have some different tastes – but there are great thoughts here about how to “honor his appropriate pursuit of” his hobby rather than attempting to “manipulate, belittle, or guilt him away from the thing he loves.” And of course this works with the husband in regard to the wife’s interests as well.
Introverts in the Dearest Place on Earth, HT to Challies.
On Writing Well (5 Big Tips)
You Can Avoid This Rookie Writing Error.
My cousin shared this helpful graphic for which holiday honors which service people:
Of course, it’s good to honor those who protect and defend our country at every opportunity.
On this Memorial Day I want to honor those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we have today…
…And my mother, who would have been 77 today but passed away nine years ago:
A brief history of memorial Day is here. Originally it was called Decoration Day, and people honored their loved ones who had died during battle by decorating their graves. According to Wikipedia, “By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.” while Veteran’s Day is designed to honor all veterans past and present who served.
None of my loved ones died while in battle, but I don’t think it is out of keeping with this day to remember those who fought and died since that time. I wrote about the veterans in my family once here.
This is from my father-in-law’s funeral. I’ve always thought it was particularly poignant to see these two old veterans paying their respects:
“Thank you for sacrificing your pleasant moments so we can have ours.”
“Some things are worth fighting for.”