Veteran’s Day. Does it mean anything to most Americans (other than those big sales happening at the mall and all the furniture stores in town)? I hope it does.
I hope each person who reads this post will pause for a moment and say a prayer of thanks for those who have been willing in the past and who are willing today to lay down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy. If you know someone serving in the armed forces, call them, email them, write to them, and say "Thanks."
And remember, if you are a Christ-follower, you’re expected to be one of God’s warriors. That makes you a veteran, too. Our armor is truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God.
Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.
Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Thank you, veterans, from the bottom of my heart.
In the grip of His grace,