So as we approach a long weekend in the United States, I wish to thank all the families who have given their lives for this country. It's not just the soldier that sacrifices their lives for us; it's also their families. The tours are long and hard on those that serve. Many of the wives have their babies without their husbands being home. And if they lose their spouse, they have to go on.
Being in the armed forces, wherever you are, is an honorable and courageous way to serve. Many hate war, even I do. I can't think of a woman that likes war. It's too easy to lose the ones we love but unfortunately, we live in a world full of dangerous circumstances. I hope that if you are serving in the military or know someone that is, you would thank them with all your might. They are why you have freedom.
It's important to realize that we must not just thank them but pray for the soldiers all around the world. The world is raging and peace is far away. Please lift up the soldiers, their families, and all countries. We have to counter our fear by prayer. If anyone has recently watched the news, Iran is getting more and more uranium. They are very close to Israel. We need to pray for our Father's country and the US must always protect God's people. From the beginning, they belonged to God and until the end of this world they will be the chosen for all mankind. Don't forget them. He doesn't.
So with that being said, thank you to all the mothers and wives who have men and women that serve in the military today. Your sacrifice has been counted and blessed. You honor us, along with your families, in serving to protect this country. Through prayer, we must unite and ask God to protect the ones that protect us. Please lift up the mothers, wives, husbands and children of our military. They miss them too. It's our honor to pray for them and to serve them, the way they serve their countries. Many have payed the price for our freedom, please take time on Memorial Day to remember them in your prayers! They are part of a great plan and should never be forgotten.
During WWI the 91st Brigade prayed a prayer every day, through some of the bloodiest battles in History. Every member of that Brigade survived. I ask us all to pray this prayer today for all those that are fighting around the world.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation."
My prayer today:
Lord, this psalm says it all. We lift up those that are serving their countries all around the world. We ask that you would have your will on their lives and they would come to trust in you. Thank you for those that sacrifice their lives and time to help us stay free. Please lift up their families along the way and put them on the hearts of women everywhere. We praise your Holy name.