Friday, November 11, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 November 11 (In Honor of Veterans Day)

“These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory” (2 Samuel 23:8-12)

Today’s Morsel:   Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.  Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.  President Calvin Coolidge said: “America has many glories.  The last one that she would wish to surrender is the glory of the men who have served her in war.  While such devotion lives, the nation is secure. Whatever dangers may threaten from within or without, she can view them calmly.  Turning to her veterans, she can say: 'These are our defenders.  They are invincible.  In them is our safety.'  The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”   To me, veterans are those like Shammah, one of King David’s mighty men, who was willing to defend what was rightfully his.  They are those who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others might live.  And so today, we honor our Veterans.  We salute all of you for a job well done!

Sing: Thanks, Thanks, I give you thanks, for all you have done, I am so blessed, my soul has found rest, O’ Lord, I give You thanks.

Thought For Today:  Freedom is not free!

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