Greater love has no one than this,
than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
~ John 15:13 ~
Today is Veterans Day in our nation; many have given their lives for love — of God and country. Love, you see, is the key to men and women spending their lives protecting the welfare and well being of others.
A neighbor, Jerry, was a gruff, tough, chain-smoking navy man who survived WWII. I never heard him talk about it, but he told my sister many stories about his experiences, and from what she told me, they were harrowing experiences.
Another WWII survivor was my high school geometry teacher, Mr. S—. Tall, athletic, talkative, and funny, he had been a pilot. He would tell us stories about what it felt like to fly in the air without any restraints, of bombing missions, and maneuvers to avoid being shot down in-between lessons about geometry.
Then there is a (lost) photograph of my brother, Luis, in his forest green army uniform, standing among men in his unit wearing a green helmet, with a light-thing on top of it and a wire going down to his shoulder. He went into the army in the mid-sixties, during the Vietnam war. He never spoke to us about it, so I do not know if he went to Vietnam or was one of the fortunate ones to stay on US soil until it ended.
I have since known several young men and only one woman who were part of the military. They have served God and country ably and willingly. Currently, my niece’s husband, Brandon, is in the Marines; another friend, Micah, is in the navy, serving her country well.
To these and to all those who have served or are serving in the United States military, thank you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for these men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation, and You. Thank You for protecting them and making a way for them to know You. May the light of Your Son, Jesus, shine abroad in their hearts that they may know You are with them. Help us to remember them every day and keep them in prayer. In Jesus’ name, amen.