After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it’s almost hard now to remember a time when we didn’t have conversations about or hear news headlines about defending freedom. When something we value and treasure is threatened, all of a sudden we are much more aware of the possibility of it being taken from us.
Ten years ago many, many people so bravely came to the aid of those needing help. Since then, many, many more have so bravely devoted their lives – and sacrificed their lives – to help keep people in this country safe. This country has endured wars and seasons of great hardship, and those serving in our armed forces have valiantly stood strong and courageous.
Every year on Nov. 11 we pause to remember and honor all our American military veterans especially those who paid the ultimate price. Continuing the spirit of our recent observance of Veteran’s Day, I encourage you to regularly thank God for the blessing of living in this country. We enjoy freedoms in this country that many people around the world cannot even imagine.
Do you realize that in some places people cannot go to church for fear of persecution? An article was published on our Convention Website not long ago about Izabella McMillon, who now lives in Durham but grew up in Romania. She talks about how her father was afraid his family would be killed if anyone found out they had a Bible in their home. The Biblical Recorder recently reported actual accounts of how people are being brutally murdered in other countries because they are followers of Jesus. The freedoms we enjoy have come at a price; a price that has cost many brave Americans their lives.
They sacrificed so that we may have the opportunity for a quality of life that is beyond anything we deserve. Never take for granted the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as citizens of this great country
Take some time to continue the observance of Veteran’s Day by praying for our veterans and their families. The extreme conditions of war often wreak havoc upon the emotions and psychological condition of veterans long after they return home from battle. Relationships with family members are often gravely impacted. Churches and individuals need to look for ways to minister to the needs of our veterans and their families.
Please also pray for our current military personnel.
Pray for God’s protection and guidance. Pray for our military chaplains who stand in the gap and offer spiritual help for our soldiers. Pray that Christian soldiers will be bold in sharing their faith with their peers who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Remember to express your appreciation to our veterans for their service to our country and to the families who still grieve over the death of a loved one who died defending the cost of our freedom.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” Psalm 33:12a
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