It was on this day in 1959 that the world lost 3 rock-n-roll singers. Buddy Holley, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson, known professionally as The Big Bopper, were killed when the twin-engine plane they had chartered crashed shortly after take-off in a blinding, Iowa snow storm. The three young singers, as part of the Winter Dance Party Tour, had just finished performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, and were on their way to the next city of the tour, Fargo, North Dakota. In 1972, Don Mclean captured the somber mood of our nation on that terrible day when he wrote and recorded American Pie. We will always remember Feb. 3, 1959 as "The Day The Music Died"
It is amazing how certain dates are etched in our minds forever. We all remember exactly where we were when we first heard the news of certain events. I guess the most memorable events would be when Kennedy was assassinated, The Challenger space shuttle exploded, and when the World Trade Center dropped from the New York skyline. It seems that we always remember the dates of tragedies, but do we also tend to remember the dates of happy events? I know it is easy to remember the date we got married or the date(s) of our children being born, but do we recall the most important date of all? Do you remember exactly where you were the very minute Jesus Christ came into your heart and saved you? Do you remember the date? What event in our lives could possibly rival the extraordinary event of God saving us? Perhaps we should circle that date on the calendar and celebrate it every year! Maybe we could have a big party and invite guests over. Maybe we could even take off from work that day and spend it on our knees thanking God for His awesome, free gift! That day could become known to us as "The Day The Sin Died."
Matthew 26:28 says, "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for the remission of sins"
Father, thank you for sending Your only Son Jesus to die on the Cross in my place. Please help me to always remember that date and to celebrate it with true, heart-felt thanksgiving. In Jesus name, Amen.