Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day 2009

Today is a day set aside to remember the sacrifices so many have and continue to make for our freedom. I am so very grateful for each and every man and woman who gives so I can live in peace and freedom.

I specifically think of Rod's cousin, Thomas, at this time. It's interesting how a personal connection to the war can put it more to the forefront of your mind. We can live day in and day out without ever thinking about the sacrifices others make for us. When it is personal, however, it is a little more difficult to ignore.

Today also reminds me of the sacrifice we so easily overlook of what Christ did on the cross. When we think of those who sacrifice for us, He is the ultimate example and the reason we have life to begin with. And yet, it's so easy to go from day to day without ever acknowledging this gift.

Lord, thank you for being our ultimate example of sacrifice. Thank you that you tell us that "greater love have no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friend". Thank you for each and every person who has sacrificed for my freedom. Help us to always remember them. To give thanks and to live a life worthy of the sacrifices made for us. Protect our soldiers. Here at home and overseas. In particular, Lord, bring Thomas home to us safely.


  1. Great post! I agree on how knowing someone serving makes it seem that much more personal and real. Rich's college roommate is over in Iraq right now. Won't be home until next summer.

  2. I totally agree. So many of my former students are serving right now. It really hits you, especially when they say there's been casualties.