Today we pause to remember all of those who have served. When joining our military each soldier takes a vow to defend and protect the freedoms that we so openly enjoy. Each one makes this promise, as they vow to serve.
“I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR (OR AFFIRM) THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC; THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME; AND THAT I WILL OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. SO HELP ME GOD.”
We see in this promise that these brave men and women all answer the call to step out from the everyday. They are willing to sacrifice their own freedoms to protect the freedom of us all. Although they may not take credit for themselves, they are heroes to those whom they have vowed to defend.
In the book of Isaiah God called His people to step out from the everyday world, and to step out from evil, and to take a stand.
Isa 1:17 learn to do right!
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.
To those who have come before us in this nation to defend the freedoms we have we come today to remember. They chose to step out from the everyday world around us. They chose to make a stand.
When they joined our military forces they made a choice to put personal desire, personal pleasure, and even everyday ease aside. They chose to protect our nation and constitution, which was made to give freedom from oppression to all people. These brave men and women served with a servant’s heart to protect those who are less able to protect themselves. Our nation was founded upon the principles of freedom, justice, and the defense of good people against the evil oppression of the world.
The brave men and women who served in our armed forces truly have the heart of a servant. Jesus himself said that there could be, “no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for another.” Many who served paid the ultimate price. They gave their life to defend that fatherless, the poor, the disadvantaged, the weak, and the defenseless from the evil of our world.
Today we remember the past of soldiers who have served and who have died. We think of our present where still men and women stand to protect our nation with pride. In our world of turmoil it is a comfort to know that still there are those who answer the call. In our remembrance let us lift those who serve today, and the families who have willingly let them leave to go.
We hold to a future hope of freedom and peace for our children, grandchildren, and beyond. Let us pass on to them the hope of freedom, peace, and security. Let us pass on to them the importance of remembering the gift given, by the sacrifice and service of all. We must never forget the service the brave men and women who have made our freedom secure. Let us honor them this weekend, and cherish the sacrifice they have made every day of our lives.
We can, as Nicholas Gordon penned, in his poem “Make my Death a Canticle for Peace writes, “mourn with morning in our hearts”. Though we stand in a place of death we can look to a future life, hope, and freedom for our nation thanks to their willing service. We can know that hope marches on through the ages, bringing strength and security to those who live in this blessed nation.
(To read Nicholas Gordon’s poem : http://www.poemsforfree.com/mempo.html )
Our Gracious Father,
We come to you today, as we stand here to remember. We ask you, Lord to bless our nation, whom these brave men and women have died to defend. We would pray that you would help us to always remember and be thankful for those who have went before us. Bless those who serve you today, and the families who they often leave behind. May your grace and mercy shine upon them, and upon us all. We pray this in Your Holy Name, Amen.
— Keep on Your Journey with Jesus today