Let me begin by sharing my appreciation for all veterans and their service and sacrifice for this country. I am able to enjoy certain blessings, privileges, freedoms, and benefits because of those that sought to preserve such liberties. The world has witnessed the rise of those who would seek to destroy the gift of freedom and liberties and there were those who sacrficed to oppose such forces. May our country, in our righteousness and power, distinguish between aggressors and protectors.
My parents were children of the Korean War. The stories they share are as hard to believe as the “When I was a kid, I used to walk 12 miles to school” stories. My father served in the US Army. We have several folks that are currently serving in the military in our church community. Couple have already served stints in Iraq and may need to return in the near future. I hide no reservations in my stance of being against this war but despite my opposition to the war, I do not want my support and appreciation for our troops to be feint. And through our “merger” with Interbay Church 1.5 years ago, I have personally heard the stories of several who served in the military through both World War II and Vietnam. I am thankful for them; Words cannot capture.
How about you? Do you have loved ones that are currently serving in the military? Where? How many of your parents and grandparents are veterans?
Share your stories.
As I express my gratitude to our veterans, I also lift a prayer for the day when war may only be a memory; I pray for a day when leaders, governments, and citizens of the global community realize we can live in peace; I pray for a day we can collectively work to reduce our military spending beginning with the next American administration; I pray that we can work towards shalom. I pray.
We are all sons and daughters, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and such. We all have stories and lives. We are all created in the image of God. May we learn to live in peace.
Certainly, this is something we can all agree to work towards. Shalom.