To not forget

Posted: June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I plan on doing some traveling this summer and because of the nature of this travel I will need a passport. The passport finally came in the mail the other day. I have to admit it was a little exciting opening the envelope, and rifling through the unmarked pages of the passport book.


Dreams of international travel raced through my head. The book was full of images and quotes from United States history. The images and quotes were nice but I wondered why.

Yesterday , the minister preached again from the book of Joshua. It seems that Joshua was a great military leader. He inspired his troops and encouraged them and as the congregation learned yesterday, Joshua observed rituals and ceremonies of his people. These ceremonies and rituals were not observed in 30 years, prior to Joshua observing them. The minster mentioned that observation of these ceremonies is important, not because they hold some type of mystical power because they do not but because they remind the people of certain things.


The images and quotes on the passport pages, hold no magic powers,but can and should serve as a reminder of the importance of, Liberty, Freedom Equality. It can be easily forgotten how important these values are. It can be easily forgotten how expensive the right to exercise these values is.See the images on the passport and the ceremonies of the nation should remind us that,    “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” — Thomas Jefferson.

It can seem easy to relinquish your freedoms and rights for the facade of fiscal or physical safety, but do so to give up something so precious for something not real seems wrong. remembering the past through ceremony and narrative is very important without it we may forget and then we know what happens…  “Those
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” –George Santayana


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