Thanks to the Veterans

Praise God for our veterans!

"For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers." Proverbs 24:26 (NIV)

Today we honor those fearless soldiers who have defended our country against conflicts and wars. We give thanks and praise for your hard fought efforts. You have demonstrated amazing courage and sacrifice that is unimaginable to those of us who have never served their country. You have taken up the cross of our country’s security and freedom and carried it ever so proudly. Thank you for taking your time to recount the many stories you have to share of your experiences.

"For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."            Deuteronomy 20:4 

We are also so thankful for your loving families who have lived through the stress, anxiety and loneliness of their loved ones serving their country far away from home. Trying to carry on life as normal as possible is sometimes hard when a family member is away for a short time, but it must surely be magnified by the undoubted challenges they know their loved ones are enduring in their absence.

"So do not fear, for I am with you;                                                             
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Dear God, thanks to all our veterans who have faithfully served their country and defended our country at sometimes very high stakes. And thanks be to you, God, for being with our troops during the dark, dangerous, and lonely times. You’ve watched over them, and we are thankful for your presence. Provide courage and strength to military currently serving our country. Bless those returning home from duty that they might be reconnected to friends, family, and life. Bless their families so they might find comfort and peace as they wait and pray for their loved ones to return safely home. Thank you for our continued freedom, and our ability to freely worship You as we choose. Let us not forget the many, many lives that have been lost in battles. May we work hard to sustain our freedoms so their efforts are not in vain.

In the greatest honor of our veterans,
Wendy Saathoff

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