And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Matthew 5:41
|The Patriot Guard stands at attention at the funeral|
of a fallen soldier.
This past week I found myself at yet another military funeral. I’ve lost track of the number I’ve attended in our community this year—a sad commentary on the world where we live. Every one I’ve attended has been incredibly moving, but the passage the chaplain chose for the funeral sermon this time has stayed with me all week.
He spoke about this soldier’s lifetime of practicing second-mile living, of going beyond what’s expected and doing what’s needed, even when that need requires great sacrifice. And although the sermon was tailored to this young man’s life, it struck me that all those who have enlisted are practicing this precept. We no longer have the draft in this country, and I’m glad. But it makes the willingness of these young men and women to serve in the armed forces even more of a sacrifice.
|This mom carries a banner with 2 blue stars, signifying she|
has two children in combat.
And I see the sacrifices of their families…the wives who cope when husbands are overseas…the mothers who become single moms to children whose fathers are in combat…the moms and dads who lie awake at night praying for their soldier children in harms way for the sake of others.