Today is a unique day in that we are celebrating our nation’s independence on a Sunday. Freedom is a gift that we have received because of the price that others before us have paid. We have politicians, soldiers, and law enforcement officers who are paying it forward at this very moment to defend and protect our freedoms.
In Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome he spoke of honor. One definition for the word “honor” is — “a showing of usually merited respect.”
In Romans 13:7 he wrote, “Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor”. I want to take the time to honor those who serve this nation. I honor those who worked to draft and adopt our nation’s Constitution as well as those who work to uphold this Constitution.
Earlier in this letter Paul stated simply, “Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor”. So it is also fitting for us to honor individuals; and today, we are honoring Mayrene MacKinnon for her service to our Lord and His church. Mayrene has played the organ for Scotsdale Baptist Church for over 57 yrs! Prior to that she played for another church. In addition to that service she also played the piano for our Children’s Ministry and for the Friendship Class. Mayrene also used her talents for weddings and funeral services. Many years ago, in Scotsdale’s formative years, Mayrene taught Sunday School. I am sure I am missing some other areas where she offered her services, but you can see just from what I have listed that she is a woman worthy of honor. This morning we honor Mayrene as she is retiring from playing the organ. Mayrene, thank you for your many years of faithful service. May the Lord continue to bless you and use you to “HONOR” Him all the days of your life!