Romans 13:7-8 says, “Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
On the last Sunday of this month we will celebrate Memorial Day, commemorating service men and women who gave their lives in service to this country. Soon we will pray for several servicemen from this congregation being deployed. Our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes will go with them, as well as our pledge to aid their families who remain here while they are away. This is our way of honoring those who deserve honor. Another way of showing honor was described by something that one of our church family members witnessed.
Linda Cobbs shared the following story. I hope it will bless you as much as it blessed me:
“Last Saturday I returned from a family trip to the Washington D.C. area. The Southwest Airline terminal was a hub of activity associated with 8 different gates. The plane that I was to catch arrived so we were instructed to line up in the appropriate number sequence. Instead of passengers rushing off the plane from the previous flight, there was no activity for several minutes, then slowly the first of more than 25 veterans from Vietnam, WW II and one from Korea entered the terminal, each with an escort wearing an Honor Guard Association shirt. The response from all the passengers in the terminal was immediate cheering, whistling and clapping rang through the terminal as everyone stopped what they were doing to appreciate these heroes. I learned that this organization brings in VFW groups and provides a special memorial experience for them. I wish that each of you could have seen the joy that flowed from the face of each veteran. You could see the effort each one made to stand a little straighter as they fought back tears of remembrance. After boarding the plane for my flight, I reflected on this experience and could not help but think of it in terms of our final trip to Heaven where we will be cheered by fellow believers whom we did not know and in addition be greeted by our Lord.”
May God bless the men, women, and their families who sacrifice so much so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms that we have.