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When We Answer War’s Call

I originally wrote this essay in 2003 during the first Gulf War. It was published in WorldNetDaily.Com’s book We Support You ! Love America. That book was compiled out of poems, essays etc. written by people all over the country. The book was a work of laove and admiration for the members of our armed services. 14 years later, this essay still very accurately portrays my love and admiration for those who defend our country. With tensions rising between our country and places like Iran, and North Korea,this essay was brought to my mind. Now seems a perfect time to reshare its insights.

 

America is, as you know, a great nation. Unfortunately, the responsibilities of a great and free nation fall upon its people. No one knows this better than those of you who are away from us battling our enemies. I for one sent you off with great regret. Your sacrifices are as great as our nation itself. I only wish they were unnecessary.

Unfortunately in our imperfect world logic, diplomacy, and decency sometimes fail. At these times a nation must call on its best to come to its defense.

America is blessed to have outstanding young people willing to ensure its security. This is a very nervous time for your fellow Americans. Only their knowledge of the bravery,ability, and perseverance of those at the ready to defend them that allows them to sleep well at night.

The American fighting men and women are the best, most intelligent warriors the world has ever known. You are not only an heir to this legend. Daily as you go about the defense of our great nation and the safety of the world, you are writing the next chapters of that legend.

You have already given much, and your countrymen are very grateful. I regret that we will be calling on you to give even more. I have no doubt you will do so generously.

The fight ahead will not be easy. Your country needs you more than you know. The challenge ahead is surpassed only by your ability to best it. May God watch over you, guide your steps, and return you safely to us.

 

 

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From Fighter Runway To Fashion Runway: Martha McSally will participate in prestigious fashion show in NYC on April 9th to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project

Colonel (retired) Martha McSally, 1st woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter aircraft in combat and first to command a fighter squadron, will fly to New York City this weekend to participate in the “From Scotland with Love” Fashion Show on April 9th to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Martha will join a host of A-list international celebrities, athletes, models, and wounded warriors to support this vital program that assists wounded servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. This year’s show includes Good Morning America co-anchor Josh Elliot, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun, two-time Olympic gold medalist Michelle Kwan, New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, actors Kelly Rutherford & Matthew Settle (stars of Gossip Girl), and double-amputee Sargent Dan Nevins (ret.) US Army.

“I am honored to be invited to take part in this fun event to highlight and raise funds to support our returning wounded heroes and their families.  I look forward to trading my combat boots for high heels on this occasion to assist in this noble and important cause.  I have been fortunate to achieve a lot of firsts in my life’s journey, and modeling in a New York City Fashion Show will be a first for me.”

The fashion show will take place Monday night, April 9th at 9 pm EST at Stage 48 in New York City. For more information on the event, visit:  http://www.DressedToKilt.com/

Veteran’s Day Sermon Notes

English: Dieppe Veteran's Memorial Park, Beach...

English: Dieppe Veteran’s Memorial Park, Beach Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cloud County Veteran's Memorial

Cloud County Veteran’s Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the day we set aside to recognize and express our gratitude to the men and women who have served our country in the military. There was no U.S. Or U.S. Military when the bible was written. Yet scripture has much to tell us about the people today was established to honor.

 

Probably the most often quoted verse on such occasions is John 15:13,

 

No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends.”

 

Christ himself was the model of this kind of sacrificial love, and we a re called to follow his example. Consider the previous verse along with the words of 1 John 3:16,

 

This is how we know Love:Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

 

So even though Christ was never a soldier in uniform, those who give their life for our country are following in his footsteps, and example. But Veteran’s Day is about more than paying tribute to the heroes who died in our defense. Memorial Day in the spring is set aside to specifically honor them.

 

Today, Veteran’s Day is about honoring and being thankful to every man and woman who has worn a uniform and stood between us, and those who would do our nation harm. I myself served in the Military Police Corps of the Texas State Guard through much of the eighties.

 

Sometimes we don’t need them to fight so much as to constantly stand watch, so that they might warn us of trouble approaching. We see what an important duty this is in Ezekiel 33:6.

 

If the lookout sees the sword coming but doesn’t blow the trumpet to warn the people, when the sword comes and takes away any of them, they are taken away in their sin, But I’ll hold the lookout responsible for their blood.”

 

Here scripture tells us no only the importance of a sentry doing his job well, it also shows us the importance of having a military to watch over us. Like with people in leadership we could argue that our military is performing a God ordained function. All the more reason we should pray for them on a regular basis. We should pray for their safety so that they can remain on watch, and on guard to protect us. However their power can be misused, and their function perverted so we must also pray for wisdom for them and their leaders lest we not have the protection God intended.

 

Much the same idea we see in Ezekiel 33:6 can also be found in 1 Corinthians 16:13

 

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”

 

This verse underscores the idea that not only should we be on watch against enemy attack, but that both we and those who defend us should always be strong and alerts spiritually.

 

In 1 Samuel 14:52 God’s word even speaks of the kind of people that should be sought to defend us,

 

There was fierce warfare against the Philistines throughout Saul’s lifetime. So whenever Saul saw any strong or heroic man, he would add him to his troops.”

 

Veteran’s Day is not thought of as a religious holiday. However as we have seen scripture has much to say about this day, and the people we honor on it.