I met a man named Irwin years ago. He explained to me that Veterans Day or any day that reminds him of his military past, brings back nightmares. The things he saw in War World II and the loss of his friends lives in that war. I won't go into details now, but I'll never forget the look at his face as he talked about it. It was from that day on that I never mention the war or any military things to him. He was broken inside and I could only say that I would pray for him every day of my life. He was thankful for that and now he rest in Heaven.
We don't see behind the scenes of one life. We don't know what someone might have seen or not seen in life. It goes to show you that prayer is much needed in the live so those who serve now. They have given up their freedom to help our country. They sacrifice far more than we might now. How about the nights someone might cry because they long to be home. They miss so much and yet the call on their life is to protect us. Their yes to the Military is a yes for us for freedom and rest at night. Let us look beyond the name Military and see lives that sacrifice so much.
Today, I am going to visit my dad's grave. I always go on Veterans Day and give honor to him. His name is Edgar, but known as Ed or dad to me. He served in War War II also, but we never talked about this military days. He died when I was 18 with a heart attach at home inside our bathroom. Isn't it crazy how people can go through war, but die suddenly at home? I find the longing for my dad to be so real at times. He was a man of faith and only met the Lord about a year before he died. It was in that year that I learned how much he loved Jesus. He would always talk about him and to be honest, I really didn't want to listen as a teenager. I would love to listen now, but that moment past forever in 1973.
Take time to listen to older people. They have seen things and gone through things we might never imagine in life. Their faith brought them through hard things and their lives become an example to others. There is a man who sits outside Starbucks in my town. His name is Chris and I don't know his past but I know he loves to say hi to everyone and he remembers names. There is clearly a story, but he doesn't remember a lot he says. He always ask how is your family? A stranger but yet not a stranger. My granddaughters always miss him when he isn't there. He sits outside and people take time to talk to him. Many give him coffee or a treat. I remember my granddaughter saying he needed water. So we went in a just got water and he was so happy.
YOUR CHARACTER ~
What can you do today to show kindness to a person? You don't know if that person served in the military or not. Acts of kindness just work and your example becomes larger than you might know. Don't over think a kind act, just do it!
VETERANS DAY ~
Think of those who have past to Heaven.
Think of those who live serving us today.
Think of one life making a huge difference.
Pray, pray and pray for those who sacrifice their time to serve us.
Life is bigger than a it's going to be okay moment. Sure it's going to be okay but we need communication with others. We need to live in a land of the free and really know it. We guard our lives here from shootings and innocent people die. America has changed and we must change for the better. Look around you and share live with others. Open a door to a stranger, say good morning or have a good day. Acts of kindness everyday of life make a huge difference. Yesterday, a young girl open a door for me and it made me smile. I said thank you and she smiled back.
So many people mourn today. Let us remember to pray for the families of Veterans who died. Let us remember to pray for people in general to mourn today. Let us pray for that Veteran who saw way too much in the military and needs a break from it.
PHILIPPIANS 4:6 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
THANK YOU VETERANS!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.