Today is Veterans' Day, a day set aside to honor our military veterans. It's a day to honor the living not the dead. A day to say thanks to those who have served. Without their service, we would not live free today. Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day, a day to honor the returning 'Great War' veterans. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. He said this:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
Many Americans take our freedom for granted. They fail to consider the price that has been paid by so many sons/daughters, brothers/sisters, and fathers/mothers to secure and keep that freedom. They also fail to consider the price the Veteran's family has paid. The next time you see a veteran tell them "thank you" and remember that it has been said, "Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom."
Now it is a rare event when someone gives up his life even for the sake of somebody righteous, although possibly for a truly good person one might have the courage to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners. Rom 5:7,8
Pastor Frank Dodson