Bringing the Text to Life

Remember to Remember Joshua 4:4-7

Remember to Remember

We build memorials to remember. So why do we so often forget?

At a Glance

After a quick review of some well-known memorials in our country, we turn to a specific story that illustrates the problem with memorials. The problem is that the memory fades so quickly in our national collective consciousness. So, what can we do about this?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "How to Break Up with a Country," June 1, 2014, at

Human beings like to remember things ... special things. And they do so in remarkably creative ways.

Americans are no different.

Just think of the memorials in Washington, D.C. alone! Former presidents Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Washington are remembered by monuments, statues and obelisks. Wars and the soldiers who died in them are remembered -- World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Elsewhere in the country, tragic events are memorialized, like Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. We've built these memorials so that we never forget.

Perhaps your city has a statue or...

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