Giving Honor to all the men and women who served us in the military. A true sacrifice of leaving their normals lives to head into the unknown. Many of who went off to war never came back the same or even came back. Let us think about them today and give prayers to family/friends who hurt on this day.
My dad (Ed) was in World War II. I wasn't born yet, but I remember him telling me when he came back, his life changed. He came back with nightmares of the war and his personal life ended. His wife at the time wanted a divorce and she was pregnant by someone else. He told me that people changed over that time of life. My dad kept his stories from me, probably because I was so young when I began to ask questions. He didn't want to talk about it, so I never asked again.
We can watch war movies and may cry, but just imagine giving up everything you have at home to travel so many miles to another country. Facing the unknown and restless days/nights. My mother had a boyfriend (Irwin) in her early 80's who was in World War II. He told me that Veterans Day was a terrible day for him. It reminded him of what he saw in the war. He remembered stepping over bodies, people screaming and needing help. There was no way to help some, because you had to keep going. Tears ran down his face and he said, I can't talk about it anymore. But Veterans Day is not a happy day for me he said. I will always remember his face and his stories.
After hearing stories, reading and watching movies, freedom wasn't free for those who died. Those who came back from war with physical and mental issues. Yet, people fought then and continue to fight for freedom in the USA. Stop for a moment today and just think of how much unseen people do for us daily. People gave in serving, giving, sacrifices and the list goes on. Many of them never knew to pray or to reach out to God in World War II. My dad was one of those men. He didn't believe until he was 50 years old in God.
FREEDOM IN GOD ~
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Let me take this writing into a spiritual note. We can't change the past. Many people live in a prison of their own minds. The past overpowering everything and hard to move forward. I am not saying it's easy at all, but it's important not to stop living in the now. Each of us may have loved ones who served in the Military and are not here today. We give thanks for them and pray for those left behind. Our hearts hurt that loved ones are not here.
As for you who are reading this, freedom still is available. Don't let your mindset travel onto the wrong road. Each day is a new day to give thanks. It's easy to focus on the things you don't have or wish you had in life. It's a little harder to bring in freedom of mind and seeing the things you do have. I thank God for men and women who continue to do the right thing in life and show kindness. The Bible speaks of a true act of worship. Giving all of ourselves daily to God's plan for our lives.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)A Living Sacrifice12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
My prayers continue for you, your and friends. It's not too later to surrender your will to God's will now.
Asking God to come into your heart and asking for forgiveness of sin. It's that simple and then a changed mindset is the next step. Seeing things different and walking in the truth of his word (Bible). We might see things different and that's okay, but God's plan is to bring us together by his spirit.
Have a great Veterans Day remembering all who served and praying for family/friends who hurt!