November 10, 2014

Happy Monday.

Tomorrow we will observe Veteran’s Day, a day to call to mind all those who have served our country so that we have the freedom we still enjoy.medium_3021731507

I remember it being called “Armistice Day,” but years later it was changed.

Actually, it did come about in 1919 at the end of World War I, called the War to end all wars. The cessation of battles came at the eleventh hour, the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, thus November 11 is the day we remember.

Did they really believe that all wars would cease? I wonder…

Just yesterday, Sunday, November 9 was the twenty fifth anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, erected at the end of World War II. It was a symbol of the “Cold War” and was a cruel divider of people, families, and a detriment to peace.

I actually held a piece of that wall several years ago while I was in Berlin. I was reminded that in my lifetime there has never been world peace. How sad.

A disturbing fact is that multitudes have their own private war, not knowing there is peace to be had by knowing the One who is called the Prince of Peace.

Sadder still is the number of ones who are called Christians, who are at war with one another.

A poem of my husband’s comes to mind:

“Could we not love each other?
The hand that gives me bread
Is the One that keeps you fed.
Let harsh words be unsaid.
You are my brother.”

The One who can make wars to cease said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…There is no greater commandment.”

What could our world look like if this was practiced?

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9 thoughts on “November 10, 2014

  1. Praise the Lord for all our freedom fighting heroes! My father in law served in WWII driving a tank. We all thank God for our freedom and those who gave it to us! I love that song “Freedom Isn’t Free!” Thank you to all who sacrificed 🙂

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  2. My father in law fought in WWII and my father was an awesome patriot!! They are both in heaven now, but we are so thankful for them 🙂 We also have many vets in our congregation @ NTBC. Praise the Lord for them. I love the song “FREEDOM IS’NT FREE”! We are so blessed!

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  3. Thanks, Mrs. Hyles, for weekly simple reminders of the things that are really important in this world. Two people I know personally have had a family member have a drug overdose just this past weekend! I was reminded then what a blessing it is to be at peace … with my Saviour and with my family 🙂

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  4. Lovely thoughts! I honestly didn’t even know it was Veteran’s Day. Living on the mission field often makes us oblivious to American holidays. I loved the little bit of history of the day and your memories. The poem by Dr. Hyles was lovely and such a sweet thought.

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  5. My father served in WWII, and my father-in-law, served in the Korean War. However, my earliest recollection of war was the Vietnam War. I was afraid because I had older brothers who thought they might be drafted like a lot of their friends were being drafted. I still remember the day one of my brothers closest friends was killed in battle. When my parents would listen to the evening news back then, I would go hide in their bedroom closet till it was over because I was so frightened. Still sounds like a good idea – some days. Ha! I’m so thankful for all the men and women who have served and sacrificed for my freedom. However, I’m most thankful for the peace that my Prince of Peace gives me each day. I love you!

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  6. Mrs. Hyles, thank you for your blog for today, monday november 9th. I was raises in a very patriotic home, as my dad was a WWII veteran. My parents always made sure I learned the history behind each event. When I got saved, my husband, who was my boyfriend then would take the time to explain the history behind the Bible verses that I did not understand. I feel like I have had the best of both the secular and spiritual worlds. Each of your blogs adds to my spiritual world. Love you, God bless, and have a great day. Mrs. Lee Ann Gray

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