Devotion

Armed Forces Day (Honoring Lives of Service in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guards)

(Isaiah 6:8 NIV) Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

It may be a calling, family tradition, educational opportunities, or a last course of action that causes individuals to enlist in one of the branches of military service. Whatever the reason, we owe them our humble gratitude. Their decision to serve our country in this capacity is a pledge of commitment to years of duty to ensure us of safety and well-being in our homeland. Their uniforms make them look so capable and distinctive in their duties. However, there are tremendous amounts of sacrifice that come with their responsibilities; sacrifice that is mutually shared with their family, friends, and local communities. Let us be mindful each day that there are people standing guard at the borders and throughout our country keeping watch so we civilians can live our lives freely and safely. And let us also be mindful of the retired men and women of service who have joined the civilian ranks. Let’s pray for them daily, and whenever the opportunity permits you to greet our men and women of service, be sure to tell them ‘thank you’.

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