Spark of Hope #84: Memorial Day was proclaimed in 1858. Flowers were first placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30th of that year. Originally called Decoration Day, it was intended as a remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. From flags on warriors’ graves to picnics on the grounds of national cemeteries to parades that honor the fallen, reminders of the holiday’s intent remain visible. This weekend (and beyond) I’ll be thanking God for those who fought. The freedom to relax and reflect is our gift for their service. Today, I’m also grateful for another degree of freedom. A courageous friend of mine is now free from the breast cancer battle. Through heaven’s gates, Taira Baughman is now standing arm-in-arm among our nation’s fallen warriors. I can only imagine the sights and sounds of that! For those who have lost loved ones in battle, may the sounds and sights of freedom this holiday light a “spark of hope” in your aching hearts.
Where there is hope — Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!