This post is going to serve to purposes. One is, however unqualified I am to be doing a post on this, I want to thank veterans.
So here I am. Thank you veterans. Thank for putting your lives on the line to protect our country.
I remember going to a local parade once, when I was little. Towards the end of the parade, there came a fire truck with veterans riding on it, with a sign that read “Thank you Veterans!” Being rather young and having a rather limited reading vocabulary I was a little confused. I didn’t understand the difference between Veterans and Veterinarians. Sure Veterinarians might work hard but what was so important about them?
I remember a sparse applause going up. After a minute or two of this the man from the loud speaker said: “Come on, let’s really show our appreciation here. Let’s thank our Veterans!” After that the applause was more hearty and louder, but still. It was pathetic.
Are we just half-heartedly thanking our veterans? How many Americans have posted on WordPress today and NOT thanked our veterans? How many people are thankful for the 3 day weekend but not a thought passed through their minds about what the holiday is really about.
Thank you veterans. Thank you for you service. Thank you to the families of veterans. Thank you for your sacrifice and your faithfulness to your country. Thank you for being willing to do what no one else is willing to do so that the loved ones in your lives can protect our country. I am sure you go through more than I can imagine. Thank you.
Happy Veterans Day!
Now for the second part of this post. You may know that I usually post on Saturdays, not Sundays. There’s a reason, and I’m thankful for it. I’m sick with a cold. I feel a little better today and should feel almost all the way better tomorrow. As long as I’m sitting down and not moving (as in sitting at a computer typing a blog post) I just feel a bit stuffy. When I walk around I feel a bit dizzy and my head sometimes throbs for a moment. So why am I thankful for this cold?
One, is delayed this blog post so that I could thank our veterans. I am extremely thankful for that alone.
Second, being sick always comes with a couple things that serve as a reminder in life. When I am sick, life sort of slows down. I’m more dependent on God. I have more time for meditation and come face to face with unrepented sin, unholiness in my life, and I can simply take a moment to stop and reflect on God more than I would usually do in the rush of life.
I also bond with my family. Being sick is no fun. But being sick together is better than being sick alone, right? Being around sick people brings out something in me that I usually hide inside. It’s that tender loving joy that God has placed inside the hearts of women. I will do so much more for a sick sibling than for a sibling that is well. I know it shouldn’t be this way, I know that I should be kind and generous all the time, but caring for family, even when you are sick yourself brings you so much closer to Christ. It’s a wonderful reminder to love your family in sick times and well.
So even though I know God is not the one who created sickness, I am thankful for the way that God uses and has used this cold to help his children. I am thankful.
Have a wonderful day, and be thankful! And while you’re at it, thank God for our veterans!
“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.“
-Colossians 3:14-15 (NASB)