Good Morning Church Members & Guests
Welcome to Temple. I pray you find a Christian welcome here and that the worship service is meaningful.
On this eleventh hour of this eleventh day of this eleventh month, we are reminded of the men and women who fought valiantly for the freedoms we hold dear in this great country of ours.
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.
What is a vet? He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Afghanistan sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel. She is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. He is the POW who went away one person and came back another--or didn’t come back at all.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, "Thank you." That’s all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
So today, we are grateful as a church and as a nation for those who have served in the military and those that are currently serving.
Bless you for protecting us.