Today we stop to honor those men and women who at one time or another have served in our nations armed forces. Now Memorial Day in May is when we honor and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation by giving their life in combat so we could remain free. But Veterans Day is to honor all those who have served, living or dead. Those who have been in the military we salute you and thank you.
What is this service all about? It is like no other job in that you truly do not know when you will be called upon to go into combat or be put in harms way. This is not just a job, but a privilege to protect and defend this great nation and help keep the freedoms we enjoy. You have seen the bumper sticker I am sure which says 'If you love your freedom thank a Vet!' A 'civilian' really has no concept of the things soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines go through in their jobs.
Concerning service in general 1 Peter 4:10 says "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its' various forms. A military member really knows what service is all about. The United States is truly unique. We enjoy freedom like none other. This is due in great part to our military heroes who put their lives on the line without any thanks or fanfare on a regular basis. Even those soldiers who have been stateside and not in danger on the physical battlefield deserve a big debt of gratitude. Not too long ago as you may recall a terrorist infiltrated the ranks of the military at Fort Hood and killed many of his fellow soldiers. Freedom truly is not free!
Galatians 5:1 says " It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery."
Today stop your golf game, shopping, movie going, and all other activities and reflect for a moment on those men and women, some of whom may be friends and family members , serving so that you might enjoy the things that you do.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord Jesus for this great United States of America. Thank you to those who feel the call to serve this fine country. Thank you for those who have served in the past no who are serving now. May they feel appreciated by the country they defend and protect. In Jesus name. Amen.
Note: enjoy a patriotic song included at link below.http://youtu.be/jz0AqemvMxk