Sunday, November 10, 2013

There are two places I feel unworthy, in the presence of God and in the presence of veterans

Today, I realized that there are two places that I feel unworthy, in the presence of God and in the presence of veterans. In recognizing Veteran's Day, our church held a special service for the veterans of our church. There were about five WWII veterans total and they were all asked to come up to the front of the church. They received standing ovations as well as a plaque for their service.  As they were standing the pastor shared how it was by their sacrifice that he had the freedom to preach the gospel. It was a wonderful truth that I began to consider. As I reflected upon it, I could not help but feel a sense of unworthiness because of their sacrifice, especially when I was asked to stand with them as a fellow veteran. Six years of my life were spent in the Air Force but I had to admit that that was nothing compared to what these and many like them have done for their country. As the congregation began to sing a song at the end of service, the weight of unworthiness that I felt became too much, forcing me to sit back in my seat thanking God and all veterans for their sacrifice for freedom, whether it be spiritual or physical.

During the service our pastor shared the testimonies of some veterans from the pulpit and how Billy Graham, while visiting a veteran who had lost his leg, was told by the veteran that it was worth it. In other words, what he was saying is that if he had to do it again, he would! If there was any day that I felt grateful for my God and my country, it was today. Amen.

Please share your experiences from today's services, etc. It would be wonderful to hear of how veterans were honored today. Thank you!

Veteran's Day Quotes: 15 Best, Most Famous Remembrance Day Sayings

Veteran's Day Quotes are not hard to come by, but here's a compilation of some of the best and most famous in one place.
"Freedom is never free." -Author Unknown
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" -Maya Angelou
"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" -George Canning
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." -G.K. Chesterton
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -Elmer Davis
"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye." -Thomas Dunn English
"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot." -Gary Hart
"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace." -Oliver Wendell Holmes
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums." -Arthur Koestler
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'" -Eve Merriam
"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul." -Michel de Montaigne
"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." -Jose Narosky
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." -Cynthia Ozick
"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war." -Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit