26 May 13
Today was a really good day.
We got to have a great worship experience and a great sermon, a really good Sunday school class and fellowship. I grilled out country ribs and we had tomato cucumber salad and baked red potatoes along with Texas toast.
But the reason for this weekend isn’t about grilling, or sales or any of those other “traditional” pursuits we all get into. This weekend is about remembering those who served and died so that we could continue to enjoy our God-given freedoms and rights. I give thanks all the time for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines both past and present that have served and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might continue on with this great political experiment we call the United States of America.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
I cannot even begin to express how thankful my family and I are for those men and women that laid it all on the line. There are so many that survive the direct results of battle, only to come home and find that they are not who they were. They too have paid that price, sacrificing their old lives for new ones where they flinch at sudden noises, or react violently to loved ones touches. Those old lives have been sacrificed, but there is hope.
1 Corinthians 12:28
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
This goes beyond physical healing, though that is part of the gift. The emotional, mental and spiritual wounds of war also can be healed by those gifted in this by the Holy Spirit. I know from experience that the first steps on this path can be taken by those willing to do so at events like the Warrior Weekend event that some of our local area churches have joined forces to put on. So far, Cristy and I have attended two of these, and while the two events have been very different in some ways, one of the commonalities has been the way that the Holy Spirit makes it’s presence known and begins the healing process.
Both the spiritual enemy, and our worldly enemies would love nothing more than to destroy the lives of our beloved service members after they get home. Please do not give them the satisfaction of watching you return home only to find that you have lost your old life and loves because of them. That can lead to casualties that can include your spouse, your children, other family and friends. Seek help, and never give up the fight. God will never give up on you, I promise.