|Arlington National Cemetery, June 2011|
for my father fought for you and risked his life and delivered you from the hand of Midian;
It is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, and this is a time to remember those who have fought for our freedom and served our nation. Many of those lost their lives in the coarse of battle. Many carry the marks of battle on their body or their mind.
I want to say thank you to each person who has helped our nation maintain our freedom and to give us the ability to live and worship as we chose. It is my understanding that God makes a nation great, and that is why I am grateful for America and am calling others to stand up for what is right.
Growing up I heard stories, a few of them, of my grandfather who served in World War II. Another of my grandfathers was in Vietnam when I was born. One was in the Navy and the other was in the Army. One of my uncles also served in the military. Some of my friends and some of our church people have served. To each of you I say THANK YOU and well done.
What is our calling, Christians? Maybe God is urging you to join the military. Maybe God is calling you to serve those who have served us. No matter what, there is a place for you.
Let me draw your attention to a video that will encourage us to pray for our troops. I recently received an email from a pastor in our state. You can watch the video by going to www.praetorianproject.org. Those who serve need other to serve them through prayer, through acts of kindness and much more.
Take a few minutes over the next few days to thank someone you know that has served our country. Thank another person who is a servant who extends their hands and their hearts to the hurting. May God use each of us to make a difference, to extend the freedom we know and the freedom God gives to those in need!
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.