Monday, November 14, 2011

Not In Vain...

I had the privilege of talking to a group of 8th grade girls at
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery yesterday.

It was a somber, inspirational, humbling going there always is.“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” ~Psalm 23:4.
We talked, we walked and we asked questions, as we wandered though graves.

Finally, our group stopped here.
Upon closer look....this is what we saw...A hometown hero. One of their own.
Their faces dropped as they realized he had walked their school hallways...
played on their football and baseball fields....eaten at their restaurants...
Overseas battles that used to seem so far away, were suddenly before their very eyes.

After hearing their questions and seeing their eyes, I have full confidence that these girls are going to make sure that Ben and all of our fallen heroes,
will not have died in vain.
They sat and wrote letters to troops....They listened and contemplated, with tears in their eyes…They watched with compassion and appreciation, as grieving family members sat, kneeled,
decorated and cried their eyes out at tombstones.

We talked at the end about how important it is to thank our service men and women, no matter where they are. Stop what you are doing....approach them and thank them for serving our country.
No excuses.

As 4 year old Kate just told me: "I saw a tamo person" (camo to those of you who might pronounce your "c"s) "I told them thank you so much- you saved country."

You're right Kate.

They did save us.
They do save us.
They will save us.

Now, the question remains, what can we do for them?

God, Thank You for the great plans you have for all of our lives, the fallen included.

In His Dust,

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