Monday, May 26, 2014

memorial day and serving others


This is a different kind of Memorial Day for me.  Typical the church office is closed and the family is off school so we will spend the day at home or on a short trip.  But this week we have a mission team in town who are helping to building our new church.

I am so excited about the process happening around us.  God is at work.  As I stepped back this weekend to prepare I was amazed, even flat shocked, at what God is doing.  The stories these men who are part of “Men on Mission” tell of places they have gone to assist ministries, and God does big things.

These men are giving of their time, their money and their talent to serve others.  Most of them live 3 or more hours away.  Some of them are from as far away as a 12 hour drive.  We really are blessed.  This group of gifted men is helping The Community Fellowship meet more needs in our community as well as to tell Jesus’ story to more people.  I love it.

Memorial Day is a similar picture of men and women who have given of themselves to fight for our freedom.  I am indebted to those who have served, and today I chose to stop and honor these special people.

for my father fought for you and risked his life and delivered you from the hand of Midian;

Memorial Day which is a time to remember those who fought for our freedom and served our nation.  Many of those lost their lives in the battles that took place on our soil and others across the oceans in many places.  Many carry the marks of battle on their body or their mind.  That is why we need to be forever and sincerely thankful.

I chose to say thank you to each person who has helped our nation and to give us the ability to live and worship God.  God makes a nation great, and that is why I am grateful for America.  We are blessed by Him.  He continues to bless those who come close to Him and why we must pray for and serve others right here.

My grandfather served in World War II.  Another grandfather 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.

There is joy in serving others, but it is not always easy.  May God help us serve others and honor those who take extra steps to serve. 

Take a few minutes today to thank those 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!

Mark 10:45  NLT
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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