Tuesday, November 11, 2014

grateful for the heroes of freedom


There are some people that really are heroes.  They don’t wear a cape and a mask.  They don't even wear a jersey from one of our favorite teams.  No, these people, both men and women, wear a uniform that has a patch on it that we all recognize.  Their commitment, their actions have brought us great freedom.  But often their actions meet with aggression. 

On their uniform is at least one common patch that is recognizable across the globe.  It is a flag.  It is the red, white and blue with stars and stripes that reminds the world of our freedom.

We are blessed.  Whether you see the remains of the beginning of our nation as it was founded on Christian principles and on freedom to worship God, it remains.  We see pieces of it.  Sometimes they are foggy, but they remain true.

Psalm 33:12  NASB
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

These men and women served our nation, and many of them lost their lives through the battles, wars and conflicts of the past almost 235 years.  Their blood and their actions have continued to secure our freedom, and it is our job to be thankful as well as supportive.

I’ve known many who have served in the military.  Some are close to me.  Some are friends at church or in our community, but each and every one of them, our veterans, are important.

We can and must say thank you to those who served through the years.  This past Sunday at The Community Fellowship several people stood and shared what branch of the military they served.  All of them are important, and what I know is that when they speak, they speak for the thousands who have served.

From time to time I get fly.  Walking through those airports or waiting on their flights are some of those men and women who continue to serve our nation.  That is generally the highest concentration of military personnel that I get to see. 

Today is Veterans Day.  I am grateful that God gave us freedom and that He called many people to serve or stand in place for even more of my freedoms.  We are in this together.  It takes all of us to stand for Christ and to share His love.  Our veterans not only secured our freedom as a nation but our freedom to tell others about our God.

Thank you to each and every one of you that has served and those of you who continue to serve.  You are appreciated.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

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