Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Honoring Veterans

People around the world are all different. Everyone has a unique story to tell. We've talked a bit in the Tuesday night Bible study about our stories, and of evidence we see that God has been at work throughout our lives. It has been incredible to hear some of the life-shaping experiences of these friends, particularly in light of where we're at in our various journeys right now.

SLC First honored veterans this past Sunday. At one point in the service, they were asked to stand and be recognized. I looked at their faces, and was amazed again to realize some of the incredible stories represented. These are stories which need to be told and to be heard.

Today is Veterans Day, an annual holiday dedicated to those who have served in the military. Many have served in war, with the ultimate goal of peace. I am reminded again of the quote from Redmoon: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." War and peace are never simple this side of eternity. Regardless of one's opinions regarding any particular war, it is right to honor those who have chosen with good hearts to take on great personal risk in fighting for what is right.

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