When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56: 3 – 4
On this day of remembrance, the 11th day of November, we give thanks to God for the brave men and women who have served our country with valor and honor, and for the assurance we can find in Him.
I’ll never forget the first time I visited Arlington National Cemetery. No where else is there a more moving or more visual reminder of the sacrifices that so many have given for our country than in those rows of beautiful, simple, white tombstones that grace the hillsides of Virginia. How often we take for granted the freedom that we have that so many people around the world have never experienced. How grateful we are on this Veteran’s Day for the brave men and women, past and present, who have served our nation with such honor and courage.
A national holiday seems like such a small way to show our gratitude and respect, not only for those who have given their lives, but for all those who have served to keep our country safe. How often we forget the sacrifices and hardships these individuals and their families had to endure on our behalf. How much they and their loved ones must have had to depend on God’s grace, mercy, and love. How much these brave men and women must have trusted in His presence with them as they served and fought for our country. I am so humbled and grateful for their sacrifice so that we might continue to live the blessed life we do.
May we be reminded that we too can find courage in Him when fear comes our way. When we are afraid, we can always trust in Him. As this verse from Psalm 56 reminds us: With God on our side, “What can mortal man do to us?” How grateful we are for the assurance of His love and presence.
Our most gracious and loving God, we thank you for all the men and women who have served our country, and for the many who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. On this day, we celebrate their honor and bravery and the trust we all can find in you. Amen