“This is how we know what love is…” Happy Veterans Day

“This is how we know what love is…” Happy Veterans Day
Why do we celebrate Veterans Day? It is rooted in the Biblical truth that the ultimate act of love is self sacrificial. 1 John 3:16 reveals “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”


As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, may we reflect with gratitude on the sacrifices made by all the men and women who have served our country. Many have sacrificed their very lives for our Constitutional Republic, and the liberty for which it stands. Our nation began with a greater vision–the Pilgrims and Puritans deeply sacrificed to be a “city on hill,” a beacon of light to both Native Americans and Europeans alike. The patriots of the Revolutionary War birthed the greatest nation that has ever existed. Through the Civil War, World War I and II, and subsequent wars, men and women have fought to preserve our way of life from dictators, atheistic Communists and theocratic Islamists.

Remind the younger generation to say, “thank you.” Many veterans say they do not hear it much anymore. Today, our American Heritage Girls troop (chartered by Prepare the Way) marched in the Veterans Day Parade, handing out cards to the veterans along the way. Find a way to reach out today and express your gratitude.

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And most importantly, may we remember the true love of our Savior… who “died to make us holy” and rose again that we may TRULY be free.

Let us reflect on the words of this patriotic American classic, the Battle Hymn of the Republic:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
(Chorus)… His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.
(Chorus)… Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
(Chorus)… Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free*,
While God is marching on.
(Chorus)… While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on.
(Chorus)… Our God is marching on!

May we live out the true spirit of love this Veterans Day and every day through Christ.

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