My father served 23 years in the military and I am proud to say that. Each time I see a veteran, I have a certain pride that wells up in my chest. It is because of these brave men and women who decided to serve our nation that we live in a country where we can share our thoughts openly without fear of reprisal. We can worship freely. We live in a great nation where we do not need to fear for our lives or worry if we will just disappear one day. So many nations around the world have never known the freedoms we enjoy today. It is because of the sacrifices of brave men and women that we are so blessed.
Today is Veterans' Day. It is a time to thank those who put on uniforms to fight and, in some cases, give that last full measure.
God instructed Joshua to be brave and to be strong. Never be fearful or discouraged. The same Lord God that gave those words of encouragement and commission to Joshua does the same today. He issues those orders to those who serve our great nation.
Thank you, veterans! We will never forget the sacrifices that you and your families make for a grateful nation.
This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
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