Men's Sunday School

Men's Sunday School Teacher: Dennis Porter

Memorial Day

When I was a kid, we had a day in May that was called Decoration Day. It was a day set aside for families to get together at a local cemetery to honor deceased family members and friends. It started in the mid 1860’s as a day to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. It has since evolved into a day to honor our dead war veterans but also, a day to honor our dead. The word memorial day was first used in 1882 but was not officially adopted into law until 1967. It occurs on the last Monday in May.

Back to the Decoration Day, this was an all day event. We had to get ready to travel. Travel was a little different in the 1950’s. We had to prepare because we might go as far as McCurtain, Ok. (20 miles) My mother and grandmother would prepare a lunch and make all the necessary arrangements to go. Load up the car or cars and head out to the cemetery. Once at the cemetery the families would gather together or in small groups. They would put flowers on the graves, flags for the soldiers and other things for decorations to honor the dead. Mom always said, “Don’t step on the graves”. I don’t know why but we did as she said. The folks would gather under the shade trees, eat lunch, tell stories and remember those who had gone on before.

But those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior know this is not the end of the story. In Sunday school class we study the word of God and the Holy Bible says. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise up first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” 1 Thess. 4:16, 17

If you have questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, the rapture then come on to Sunday school class at Oak Grove. We study the Bible. See you in S.S. class.

In Truth and Love

Dennis