Written by Misty McReady
On November 11th, 1918 at 11:00 a.m., the world celebrated as a treaty was signed ending what was to be "the war to end all wars" - World War I. One year later, on what came to be known as Armistice Day, Americans came together to remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who served during the war. After the Second World War, Armistice Day continued to be observed and in 1954, Congress changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to include veterans of all United States wars.
This week at the Lower School in Severn, students, families, faculty and staff honored the service and sacrifice of our armed forces for Veterans Day. As Christians we are called to love and pray for all war veterans. King David, who commanded armies and trusted in the Lord during times of battle, wrote these words in Psalms 3:
O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, "God will never rescue him!" But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I laid down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Arise, O LORD! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O LORD. May you bless your people.
Since the fall of mankind and the evil deeds that followed throughout history, God still shows us love. He chose to send his only son as a sacrifice for us. In John 3:16-17 he offers us eternal life with him.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Thank you to all who have served and are serving in the U.S. Armed forces. We will continue to pray for you and your families.