November 11,2012

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  Bible Study Tonight — Matthew 6





Lest We Forget

  Scripture:  I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes. Job 19:25-27a (NIV) But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. Luke 20:35-36 (NIV)
     This week we celebrate a very special holiday. – It isn’t Thanksgiving, even though it is a day to give thanks. – It isn’t Independence Day, even though it is a day to celebrate freedom.  – It isn’t Valentine Day, even though it is a day to think about love.

The holiday we celebrate this week is called Veterans Day. This holiday s celebrated in many countries around the world. In some countries it is called Armistice Day. In others it may be called Remembrance Day. No matter what you call it, it is a day on which we honor the men and women who have served in the military. We also honor those who have died for the cause of freedom. It is a time for us to say “Thank you” for the sacrifices they have made. It is a time to think about the freedoms we enjoy because they were willing to serve. It is a time to think about love — the love they showed for their country and for their fellow man.

How do we celebrate Veterans’ Day? I guess many people will celebrate it just like they celebrate any other holiday. They will go to the mall and go shopping! I would like to suggest some other ways we might celebrate this important holiday.

– Fly a flag in your yard to remind others that this is a day to honor those who have served.

– Spend some time in prayer. Give thanks to God for those who served to defend the cause of freedom.

– Observe two minutes of silence. Concentrate on remembering those who have died defending the cause of freedom.

– Wear a Poppy. A Poppy is a red flower which is worn to show others that you are remembering those who died for their country. The poppy was chosen because it reminds us of a place called Flanders Fields where many soldiers from the first World War are buried. The poppies grow there between the crosses that mark their graves.

Veterans Day is a holiday that we take very seriously, but that doesn’t mean that it is a time to mope around and be sad. It is a happy occasion indeed. We can be happy that because of the sacrifice of these brave men and women, you and I enjoy great freedom. We can also be happy that even though many of these brave soldiers died in battle that is not the end of their story. Here is the rest of the story — those who had put their trust in God will be raised and will go to be with him. That is a promise from God’s Word. Listen to these words from the book of Job, “My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God. I will see him for myself.”

You know, that promise is not for soldiers alone. It is for you and me as well. It is for all who put their faith and trust in God. Jesus said, “Those who are considered worthy of taking part in the resurrection are like the angels. They can no longer die. They are God’s children.” We are God’s children and one day we will see him. Won’t that be a wonderful day!

Dear Father, we remember and honor those who have served to preserve and protect our freedom. We also celebrate the resurrection, because all of us who have placed our faith and trust in you — even though we die — will live again. Amen.


Edgar Guest

The things that make a soldier great and send him out to die,
To face the flaming cannon’s mouth nor ever question why,
Are lilacs by a little porch, the row of tulips red,
The peonies and pansies, too, the old petunia bed,
The grass plot where his children play, the roses on the wall:
‘Tis these that make a soldier great.
He’s fighting for them all.

‘Tis not the pomp and pride of kings that make a soldier brave;
‘Tis not allegiance to the flag that over him may wave;
For soldiers never fight so well on land or on the foam
As when behind the cause they see the little place called home.
Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run,
You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun.
What is it through the battle smoke the valiant soldier sees?

The little garden far away, the budding apple trees,
The little patch of ground back there, the children at their play,
Perhaps a tiny mound behind the simple church of gray.
The golden thread of courage isn’t linked to castle dome
But to the spot, where’er it be — the humblest spot called home.
And now the lilacs bud again and all is lovely there
And homesick soldiers far away know spring is in the air;
The tulips come to bloom again, the grass once more is green,
And every man can see the spot where all his joys have been.

He sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call,
And only death can stop him now — he’s fighting for them all.


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