Monday, November 14, 2011

Veterans Day

Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  2 Timothy 2:3-4
Two decades after World War I, which officially ended November 11, 1918, the U.S. passed legislation to have a legal holiday on each November 11th to honor the veterans who served in that war.  Veterans Day was once known as Armistice Day, proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, to remind Americans of the tragedies of War.  As time marched on and more wars were fought, Veterans Day became a national holiday honoring American veterans of all wars. It differs from Memorial Day by the fact that its purpose is to honor living and deceased veterans of U.S. wars. 
This Veteran's Day we remember and thank God for those dear men and women who have served to protect us and our families from the evil of those who would destroy us.  America stands today as a nation and people of freedoms because our brave soldiers have fought to keep us free!  
These everyday Americans have borne the brunt of the hardships and sufferings of combat.  From the very beginning of our nation, from the Revolutionary War through today's conflict in the Middle East, our courageous service men and women have faced enemy after enemy so we could live free! 
Throughout the history of America, there have been other heroes that have supported our troops and helped to preserve our freedom.  There are many who have prayed while our soldiers have battled the enemies overseas.  These dedicated "prayer warriors" have fought the "spiritual battles" against the satanic forces of darkness that are behind every war against freedom and against what is right.
Today we honor our dear veterans who have so bravely served America,
and we will never forget their sacrifice.
We must now honor the sacrifice of these we recognize by staying the course of freedom. As the poem by John McCrae cautions; 
In Flanders Field
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Scripture to Claim:
LORD, how my foes increase! There are many who attack me. Many say about me, "There is no help for him in God." Selah But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head. I cry aloud to the LORD, and He answers me from His holy mountain. Selah I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the LORD sustains me. I am not afraid of the thousands of people who have taken their stand against me on every side. Rise up, LORD! Save me, my God! You strike all my enemies on the cheek; You break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the LORD; may Your blessing be on Your people. Psalms 3:1-8

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