Glenn McGruffie, the team manager for Veteran Services for Brevard County, Florida, signs his emails with this quote. “A veteran is someone who at one point in his or her life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.'”
While this isn’t a special day in which we pay honor to our veterans, this quote is so significant I feel it must be shared. Our nation has seen too many of our most valiant men and women lost in the turmoil of war. This week we have been shocked and saddened by Libya Ambassador Chris Stevens. The accounts that are emerging are disturbing and sad.
We live in a blessed nation that may be teetering on the brink of several disasters. We are in unthinkable debt. There are billions of people who hate us. Yet, the men and women continue to write that blank check so that we can live in freedom.
We own them more than a debt of gratitude. We own them our prayers and our commitment to the faith in the Lord that we, as Christians, recognize is the true reason for our strength. The Lord calls his people to prayer. During this holy week in the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah, those who call on Christ as our Savior should not only pray for the peace of Jerusalem but for our troops who are willing to die for our freedom.