Good morning, Lord Jesus. I speak out Your name and listen for the leading of Your Spirit, here in the embrace of my Father to begin my day in the intimacy of prayer.
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13).
Last night at our house church we read passages of scripture, and watched o video on Thanksgiving and gratitude. We all shared things and people for which we were thankful. One member brought up our veterans and those currently serving in our military. He said how he has to travel time to time with his work and he hates to leave his family for a week of business travel. It is hard to imagine the sacrifice of the men and women who serve in our military who are away from their families for years.
This past weekend our nation honored the men and women who have been willing to leave their families and comforts of home to go fight and die for our freedom and injustices in the world. We're thankful for their service. We're thankful for their sacrifice. We're thankful that they answered the call with courage and conviction to willingly lay down their lives for us. We owe them our respect and honor them with our gratitude -- "respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due" (Romans 13:7).
And as I honor them, I honor You Jesus. You set aside the glory of heaven to humble Yourself in the likeness of human flesh and blood to lay down Your life for me -- "even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:5-11). You are the Veteran of the greatest war ever fought -- the war between heaven and hell, between good and evil, between forgiveness and sin. The battle scars You bear are the jagged nail wounds upon Your hands and feet forever for us (John 20:27).
Through Your sacrifice of love -- a sacrifice we really can't even begin to fully grasp -- our world condemned to die will experience a new heavens and a new earth through the sufferings of Your cross and the glory of Your resurrection (John 3:16). "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him" (John 3:17). We honor You and thank You. Thank You for Your service and Your sacrifice. "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ!" -- our Greatest Veteran! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
My family, I pray you daily pray for and give gratitude and respect in honor of our veterans and our Greatest Veteran, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same of me. God bless you, my friends!
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