Today in America we celebrate Veterans Day where we recognize all those brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces at any time whether for a few years or for 20 plus years. It is a time to say thanks for the huge sacrifice these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines paid so that we in America enjoy the precious freedoms we have in our Constitution. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom".True freedom only comes with Christ in the center. "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."(John 15:13). The military man or woman who has served in combat understands this verse more than anyone. Those who have jumped on grenades to save their fellow soldiers lives for instance. That is truly giving the ultimate gift. Others shot down flying missions over dangerous areas. The men or women tortured in prison camps through the years have paid a great price. Many return alive but with emotional or physical wounds.
How was Veterans Day started anyway you may ask? On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
Pause today and think about all the things we in America enjoy that some within our own country are trying to take away from us. Then when you see a servicemember in the airport or elsewhere just stop to say thanks.
PRAYER: Lord God we thankyou for the freedoms we in The United States enjoy on a daily basis. Let us never take them for granted. We know evil forces would like to take them away from us. Thankyou for the brave men and women who daily serve in our military all over the world to defend our freedoms. Bless them and watch over them and their families. In Jesus Name. Amen.
"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7)