"So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations" (Psalm 79:13).

Although Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a day for specifically remembering veterans who have died in our nation's service, our homeschool family observed this holiday like many other families. Visiting the gravesites of loved ones, my children decorated their headstones with a tribute of flowers. In many cases, my young children never knew the family members, and I would answer countless questions about their lives. I never tired of telling them about uncles, aunts, and great-grandparents and the special significance of their lives.

As Christian homeschooling parents, you also have the wonderful privilege of telling your children about the heritage of your faith. Sharing the story of Christ's death and resurrection, as well as what it means to you personally, will enable your children to learn more about their loving heavenly Father. Like a potter molding a piece of clay, you have the incredible opportunity to carve a lasting impression of God's goodness and love in their minds with every spiritual lesson you have learned.

Since life can change in a moment, make this Memorial Day count with your family. Attend your community's celebration, parade, and other events, but also be sure to include a visit to the cemetery. Leave flowers, talk about the people you loved, and most importantly, tell your children about the hope we have because Christ loves us. "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Lord, thank You for the loving memory of godly family members who have died and gone before us. We praise You for the hope of seeing them again and the sure promise of Your return. In Jesus' name, Amen.