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November 12, 2018

Never Forget

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…” Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)

It couldn’t be indifference, could it?

But I can’t help but wonder what it is.

We can never forget.

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, where we paused to recognize those who stood in the gap for us. So many of our churches took a moment to recognize their service and sacrifice. But I don’t understand how some of our churches still don’t pause to recognize our veterans, or even acknowledge that as a nation we set that day aside to remember, to recognize, to thank them once again.

Certainly, it can’t be indifference, can it? They care, don’t they? Surely they must understand that it might be viewed by some as a snub, not worthy of them, and certainly not worthy of the veterans. Certainly they see that, don’t they? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 5, 2018

Veterans—Proud to Remember

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Yet you risked everything here. Why? We look at you and somehow we know the answer.

It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love…

You all knew that some things are worth dying for.”

President Ronald Reagan—June 6, 1984 in Normandy, France

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of D-Day

As a nation, our thanks will be expressed this coming Sunday, when we will pause to honor those who have served to defend our country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America—our Veterans.

I wonder if our expression of thanks to them should be offered every day.

It wasn’t until a dinner one evening about ten years after my discharge from the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War that I remember hearing the words “thank you.” Instead, up until that moment, those who had served during that time were often made to feel less than appreciated and were often ridiculed for their service.

At the conclusion of his remarks, the speaker that evening—himself a retired and wounded Marine—asked all the veterans to stand and be recognized. He began first with WW I, then WW II, then the Korean War, and, finally with the last war at that time, the Vietnam War. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
Filed under: Thoughts
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