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God’s Veterans 

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Today is Veterans Day, and I’d like to salute all of you who have served or are presently serving in our country’s military.

Thank you for your service. 

I’d also like to take a moment to mention some other veterans who, many times, are overlooked. To say thank you to a number of people who have faithfully served their Commander in Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you, God’s veterans. 

Because of your love for the scriptures, and passionate desire to see others come to new life in Christ, you have faithfully preached God’s Word whether or not it was the popular thing to do.

Your steadfast love for the work of the ministry made it possible for the world to at least hear the life changing gospel of Christ.

Your work may have gone unnoticed by many, and you may feel as though nothing of eternal consequence was accomplished, but nothing done in the Name of the Lord is ever wasted.

You have demonstrated to me how to trust God when my feelings are out of control.

You tenderly discipled me, putting up with my immaturity and spiritual arrogance, though I’m sure you had things you’d rather be doing.

I listened to your stories of miraculous deliverance and seasons of abundance. I also heard the joy in your voice while you recalled times of struggle and lack. 

 

Most of all, I heard you speak of your contentment in Jesus.

 

You couldn’t always answer my questions, or even keep my attention. Sometimes I didn’t think you knew what you were talking about, and at times I was just plain rude and disrespectful.

But I needed you! 

Thank you, God’s veterans.

May you finish with grace, and may I follow the faithful example you have been to me.

Without verbalizing it, your actions said to me, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.”

Thank you. 

I represent a life that’s been changed by God’s grace and your faithfulness.

Thank You, Veterans

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I am a veteran. I didn’t fight in any war or conflict, but I am a veteran. An Army veteran.

I enlisted in 1975, served four years active duty, and thankfully, never saw combat.

I am a veteran. Here are the words I said as I raised my right hand and swore allegiance to my country, its constitution, and its President:

“I, Jan Grace, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Yes, I am a veteran.

And there are many, many more like me.

My heart goes out to those veterans who were involved in combat situations. They were called upon to not only swear an oath, but to live it out. I cannot imagine what it was like to go to war; to be required to shoot at someone, or to be shot at.

I can’t comprehend what it was like to fight people from other nations; Germans, Japanese, Italians, or Koreans. I cannot fathom walking through the jungles of Vietnam or Cambodia, never knowing if you’d see home again.

It’s impossible for me to know what my fellow veterans experienced on the mountains of Afghanistan or the burning desert of Iraq. It’s simply beyond me.

I salute all of my country’s veterans; whether they carried a rifle in combat, or punched a typewriter in peace time. Regardless of their task, they answered the call to serve, they honored their oath of commitment, and they were prepared to defend not only the constitution, but every single person who is called an American.

Including people who couldn’t care less.

I salute the veterans, and I salute their families; the husbands, wives, children, and parents of those who served or are presently serving.

Veterans, though I don’t know what combat is like, I do understand your willingness to serve, and serve well.

Thank you.

I’m asking each of you who read this post to thank a veteran for their service. It matters not what you think of the military, the nation’s policies or its political leaders; you owe the veterans AT LEAST a word of thanks.

Because someone had to do it.

Veterans: Special People

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Veteran:
1 a : an old soldier of long service, b : a former member of the armed forces
2 : a person of long experience usually in some occupation or skill (as politics or the arts)

My heartfelt thanks to all the men and women of this great land who served, or are serving, in the military.

What does it take to be a “Veteran of the Armed Forces”? What kind of person would raise their hand, and repeat the following words:

“I, (Name), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, so help me God.”

Have you ever thought about it?

I understand some of you were probably drafted; “forced” to sign up for military service. Others, like me, enlisted after the draft ended. Regardless, it takes a special person to serve.

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