Thank You

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”

Philippians 1:3

Sacrifice is defined as the destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else. On this Veterans Day we do well to first and foremost stop and thank the God of heaven for sending us Jesus Christ, His one and only son to die so that we can live. Jesus Christ is the pinnacle of what sacrifice is and both the model and the measuring stick that our brave men and women of our armed forces remind us any time they themselves pay the ultimate price for our freedom.

Jesus tells us in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” and we know from our understanding of what transpired when God Himself willingly went to the Cross and suffered and died for us that there can never be a greater sacrifice in the world that could be offered that could match His selflessness.

Our veterans of the armed forces are cut from the same cloth. Today we have the privilege and the honor to stop and to say thank you for both their service and sacrifice. To the men and women in active duty today we say thank you for keeping us safe and for the many sacrifices you make daily that we might know freedom in the world. The countless hours away from family and friends in some of the most remote places on the planet is not forgotten. The loss of sleep and stress you endure living on the front lines in many cases is not in vain. We appreciate you for standing in the gap for us at home and our allies abroad. And thank you for preferring others over yourself, putting their safety and security in front of your own. We are humbled by your meekness.  

Veterans Day is a very special day in the United States to say thank you and to appreciate and remember. It’s a day to rejoice with them that rejoice that their sons and daughters have come home safely. It’s also a day to weep with those who weep over their loved ones who were not as fortunate and never made it home. Veteran’s Day is the opportunity to express our gratitude publicly and to honor and respect our soldiers and their families who make the sacrifices too.

So on this Veteran’s Day, thank you, thank you, thank you! Our hearts and our gratitude and our prayers are offered on behalf of you, all our Veterans. We remember you!

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

Matthew 5:9


Michael Osthimer





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