This is also a good day to remember those who witnessed and died because of their faith. Hebrews chapter 11 tells us about the heroes of faith in the Old Testament. The Book of Acts tells us about Stephen, the first Christian martyr. John the Baptist was killed because of his faithfulness to God. The New Testament, writings of the early Christians, and tradition tells us that ten of the original twelve Disciples died for their faith. John spent the last years of his life in exile because of his faith.
Jesus died to set us free from sin, death and the devil. Jesus sets us free to be the children of God. Nothing can separate us from God's love for us in Jesus.
Today is a good day to remember, to give thanks, and to recommit to our Christian faith and life.