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A grateful nation says thanks
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Today, as we remember our veterans, I am reminded that Jesus once taught, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

As Americans, we should remember our veterans and current military members for their service and love of God and country. We are reminded that their sacrifices allow us religious freedom and democracy. The Bible speaks of wars and rumors of wars as something we will continue to see happen (Matthew 24:6). Military service always is needed. Let us always be thankful for the brave men and women who answer the call of military duty. Today, let us pray for our heroes and find a tangible way to say how thankful we are for their life and service.

Valiant soldiers are needed just as much today as they were when King David fought for his people. As I remember King David’s military life, I am reminded of a time when he led 600 men of war into battle. During this mission, their enemies invaded their camp and captured their wives and children.

Upon returning to find the camp empty and burned, the men were so distraught that they turned on King David. Having also lost his family, he found himself alone; he was greatly distressed and sorrowful. The Bible says David encouraged himself in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6).

Let us consider our responsibility to support, encourage and remember the members of the armed services both past and present. They fight not only for our democracy, but also for democracy in other countries around the world. The people who benefit from living in this country should never let our veterans face the pain, disappointments and distress of lost relationships or struggle to find encouragement. We cannot replace God in their time of need, but we can share the love of God, compassion and a chance at new relationships.

We may not have to look far to show thankfulness. Many of our family members, friends and neighbors have served this country. To say thank you is a wonderful thing, and to show you are thankful is empowering and rewarding.

God bless all our valiant men and women who have served and are serving this great country. Our heart goes out to you for the great job you do and have done.

Ayala is the pastor of Christ Tabernacle of Faith Church and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.

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