November 11, 2018
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
This year, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the “war to end all wars,” World War I. Unfortunately, that was not the case and 21 years later Europe was embroiled in another major war, with the United States to become involved a few years later. Since the end of World War II, we have had the Korean war, the Viet Nam war, and wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world.
Veteran’s Day is a day set aside to remember those who have served our country in the Armed Forces. It is also a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. We owe a tremendous debt to all men and women, past and present, who have defended our families and homes, who have given us freedom from oppressive governments, and who have protected our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Some may wonder how God can allow the tragedies associated with war. While none can answer that, we can realize that murder and strife came with the fall of mankind. Cain killed Abel, the pages of scripture are filled with stories of wars, and God’s chosen people hated and crucified His only son, Jesus. But despite the evil deeds of mankind, God still showers people with love, as reflected in the above verse, and offers us eternal life with Him.
Let us pray: Dear Lord, bless us with the supernatural love of Christ to help us through times we can’t make sense of, and to guide us into His precious peace that surpasses all understanding. Keep our Armed Forces safe as they lay their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedoms. Amen.