What I’ve learned in my brief 30-ish year experience at this thing called life is that things will be far worse than they are now… and far better. When thinking about how to approach life, I’ve found it’s best to #HardenTheFuckUp.
As I watch the 75th Commemoration Ceremony for D-Day and look into the audience of dwindling veterans who experienced the events of the day first-hand, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of respect, admiration and love for those I see.
The people I am looking at are neither crying nor laughing, they are neither shouting nor being mute, and neither are they seeking recognition nor hiding in the back.
What I see is a collective body of individuals who together are solely devoted to something bigger than themselves; the greater good. I see a shared bond on display; a bond which is formed by living through some of the most horrific conditions fathomable and known by all who have seen the horrors of war. I see a crowd that embodies what the definition of words such as bravery, hero, courage, warrior, leader, are to look like in the flesh and not just simply words on a page.
What I see is America’s greatest generation. A title they didn’t seek, yet through the actions of their servant leadership, they have earned.
So the next time someone gets on a soapbox preaching feelings and such, think of the feelings of these brave individuals as they rode ashore to Omaha Beach, a place far from their home, and stared tyranny in the face and told it America would have no part. Think of their feelings.
Whatever they may have been, I am forever thankful for their actions which protected the very freedoms I now experience.
“Thank you” will never be enough.
In closing I pray,
“As our nation pauses to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray You would have us all look to You for strength, comfort and guidance.
Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families.Grant Your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving your past goodness on this country.
If it is Your will, preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry.Most of all, we pray that you would turn the hearts of all – military and civilian – to Your holy Word where we find the true peace for our sinful souls that surpasses all understanding. Keep us repentant of sin. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace.
In this peace and hope for eternity, we pray.”
Amen #SemperFidelis 🇺🇸