May 26, 2014

Happy Monday. Happy “Decoration Day.”

You may be wondering, “What’s that?”

Today, being Memorial Day, is a day we honor the memory of all the heroes of the past and present, who gave their all.

It was originally known as Decoration Day. Beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century, the custom began to decorate the graves of those fallen brave men.medium_1402612a

At any place where crowds gathered, there were people selling small red paper poppies for ten cents. As you got one, it was placed on the lapel or another prominent place. This signified the blood that was spilled on foreign fields.

I’m glad this day has continued through these years. Surely these people deserve a day when thought and gratitude is bestowed on them.

Yes, have fun, take it as a holiday. But if you have one, why not fly a flag and “remember”?

It makes me think of many people who have been a part of who I am–and I am so grateful, so humbled.

Just two days ago, I attended an event where I had the great joy of talking with a lady with whom I had gone to the same Sunday school and church as children (long ago).

My heart was warmed as we called names of so many who invested in our lives. I owe them to remember and thank them for their faithfulness.

They are all gone now. But I can say “thank you” by trying to fill their shoes when possible.

We are remiss, I fear, to keep in our memories those who have influenced us, mentored us. Let’s fix that!

God said so much to the Israelites as they were entering a new place, the long awaited Promised Land, about remembering.

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget.” Deuteronomy 4:9

“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations…” Deuteronomy 32:7

Precious memories flood my soul.

7 thoughts on “May 26, 2014

  1. Thanks so much for this reminder to remember!! It’s so helpful to have a reminder to slow down and think. I’m very grateful for your investment in my own life and the lives of my children, by-the-way.


  2. Thank you for helping us remember! These thoughts are always so timely. May God bless you in an extra special way today!


  3. My Dad always regretted that he could not go into the Service because of a perforated ear drum. But, he loved our Country and we always remembered Decoration Day….Flew our flag and visited the cemetery. My brother served in the Army, my husband in the Air Force, and our son served two terms in Iraq…….I’m grateful for those who served and those who gave their ALL!!! Thank you for this post. I love you, Mrs. Hyles and pray that God blesses you……


  4. My dad served in World War II and as a child I was taught the importance of being Patriotic. We always observed Decoration Day, as I was taught to call it,by hanging the flag out in front of our home and by putting flags and flowers on the graves of those solders who gave their last full measure for our country. Wave our flag and watch as parades passed by and of course the playing of taps at the end of the day. What a wonderful country we live in. No greater country on the face of the earth. Happy Decoration Day Mrs. Hyles. God bless you and love ya lots. Mrs. Lee Ann Gray


  5. Thank you. Part of my daily prayer is to remember the things the Lord has done in and through me and the mentors that He has used to develop in me what I am today. I have never lost the wonder of it all. Your husband was one of those mentors.

    I remember a day you were brought into a preacher boys class and asked to speak and all you had to say was to thank us for being there and that you pray for us. Your meek and quiet spirit and leadership from your closet spoke volumes to me.

    I read your blog reminded that your husband read ladies magazines saying that half of the members he pastored were women. My latest blog post at is for a couple with a son in Bible College and a wife living in adultery. She came back after a church night long prayer meeting but she continued in the immoral relationship. He read my blog but kicked her out. I spoke with him of forgiving her as did Hosea and that is where it is today. I would appreciate your prayers.


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