Good morning. It is Thursday, November 11, 2021. It is Veteran’s Day.
Today is the anniversary of the end of World War I. Today we honor veterans and victims from all wars.
It was “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I. It was previously known as Armistice Day.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date. (Source: history.com)
Those are the statistics, but what about the facts?
I am not qualified to speak on such things, but I know people who have been there. I have heard their stories and it is horrifying.
We have become immune to the horror of war. At any given time, we can turn on our televisions and see news about a war somewhere in the world. It has become common for us to see, hear, and read about people being massacred and murdered. We see children as young as 5 being forced to pick up guns and fight. We see bombed-out buildings and the dirty little faces of orphaned children. Father’s carrying their injured or dead child. Mother’s lamenting over the body of a loved one. It has become common. We have become desensitized, and it is so wrong!
They still hear the voices and cries of friends and fellow military, mostly kids, even nurses and doctors begging for help as they gave up their lives and health on the battlefield.
War causes hatred and distrust and leaves millions around the world dead. We need Jesus to return and put an end to all of this!
I read the following this morning and it really struck me: “No one truly wins a war; it does not decipher who is right, only who is left.” (Source: barleby.com)
We might feel safe in our cozy part of the world, maybe snuggled in the woods in southern Oregon. High in the mountains in Washington state. Somewhere in the vastness of Montana, but make no mistake, people are dying this very day due to a war somewhere in this world.
All you need to do is search online the question “how many present-day wars” and you will be surprised. I was.
In Africa: 31 Countries and 289 between militias-guerrillas, terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups involved.
In Asia: 16 Countries and 194 between militias-guerrillas, terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups involved.
In Europe: 10 Countries and 83 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved.
In the Middle East: 7 Countries and 266 between militias-guerrillas, terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups involved.
In the Americas: 7 Countries and 34 between drug cartels, terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups involved. (Source: From warsintheworld.com)
Perhaps you are reading this today and you have a loved one or a friend stationed somewhere in the world trying to protect and serve. I am praying for you. I am sorry you must endure this separation.
God sees you. He sees your loved one. The Bible tells us that He collects our tears. He knows our sorrow.
“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me.” Psalm 56:8-9 NKJV
The day is coming when God will wipe away every tear. A day when there will be no more death, no more war, no more sorrow or crying.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NKJV
All we need to do is hang on until then. Do not give up. Do not let your pain and sorrow overcome you. Keep your eye on the prize.
“You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got…” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The Message
“…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1 ESV
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 ESV
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 ESV
“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13 ESV