Veterans Day

During our recent trip to Washington D.C., some of the most impactful moments were our visits to war memorials . I have spent time at the memorials before, but there is still something special about seeing those statues, the names etched in granite, the thousands of perfectly aligned headstones and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I expected all of that. What caught me by surprise was the large group of veterans who were visiting the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials while we were there. It was amazing to walk through these memorials near veterans who had experienced the events themselves. Putting others above ourselves is something we are called to do as Christians, and it is something those veterans had to do daily at a level that is difficult for others to comprehend. Their service guarantees so many of the freedoms we enjoy. For those in our church family who are veterans, know that we are thankful for you and your service.
There are several people currently serving in the military who have a connection to our Southwest family. This week is a good time to think of them and to renew our commitment to praying for them.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”      John 15:12-13

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