Today is Veterans Day, a day we honor our soldiers. We recognize those who have served and currently serve our country. I am blessed to know many veterans both young and seasoned and I don’t think a few words typed into a blog will ever convey my gratitude.
Our soldiers have joined the military for a multitude of reasons. Some joined because they wanted to serve, some were drafted and served because they were needed. Some joined because of the education available. Some joined because they had the opportunity to see the world but regardless of why our soldiers have joined and served, their service and sacrifice is something many of us take for granted.
Our soldiers have experienced fear we will never comprehend. Our soldiers have had to say goodbye in faith they will get the chance to say hello again. Our soldiers have missed births, birthdays, holidays, and even deaths. They have had children grow up in their absence and prayed to get the opportunity to hold them again. Our soldiers have spent many sleepless nights alone, and longing to be home. Our soldiers have been shot at, bombed, and hated for the uniform they wear, the flag they salute, and the people they serve. Our soldiers are heroes not just on Veterans Day but every day for they have endured immense hardships in my place and yours.
““As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
John 15:9-13 NKJV
Jesus spoke of laying down one’s life for his friends. It’s one thing to lay down your life for someone you love, but it’s entirely different to be willing to give your life for your country. What about those who have laid down their lives for strangers? What about those who have laid down their lives for the ungrateful? For the protesters? For their enemies? Our soldiers have done that as well. I am grateful for those who have stood in the trenches, in my place for they have loved and served me like Jesus did.
He too laid down His life for me when I didn’t love Him in return.
Happy Veterans Day! Please take the time today (and always) to thank a soldier and pray for them and their families.
In His Love,