Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell
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Grasped hands holding on, hoping this moment will not end. Yet reality interrupts as their hands slowly let go and slide apart.
With all her might she holds back the overwhelming emotions that are overtaking her at this very moment. She tries with everything in her to capture this moment; praying it will be forever seared in her heart and mind. Her husband dressed in uniform as he represents his country but also his family. He slowly walks away as his body faces forward, yet he has to turn back one last time to capture this moment with his beautiful wife as he watches her tears softly roll down her rosy cheeks.
Suddenly, the door flings open as their children cry running after him, wanting to touch him just one more time. He swiftly turns back around, bends down with his strong arms open wide receiving each child as his shoulders shake uncontrollably. It seems as though as it's the loudest silent cry as his whole body uncontrollably shakes while he holds them, explosive love that cannot be contained for his family. No matter how strong he is, he intentionally will not allow pride to stop him from the tears that reveal he will miss his beautiful wife and children. The bitter moment of feeling his heart become heavy. He needs supernatural strength to walk away and say, "Yes" to his country as they need supernatural strength to keep going.
I interrupt this thought to truly honor those who have served in the military known as our mighty 'veterans', the men and women who currently serve and those who soon will. I want to make sure that every person that wears a military uniform and the families that send them off, are honored this beautiful Memorial Day.
We honor the lives that were not lived in vain nor did they die in vain. The vast wealth of life of the families who serve our country, "Wow!" To even think about it is humbling. As I type these words it reveals my freedom that our warriors of liberty and freedom allowed. Thank you for your sacrifice to you and your beautiful families. The amazing part is many of you do not look at it as a sacrifice but as an honor and a privilege. I thank God for all of you.
I thank you and God bless you as you truly are warriors of liberty and freedom - your families are also warriors. Gratefulness does not come close to describe how most of the country is grateful to God for your lives. I am grateful to God for each of you. I pray God who was revealed by Christ's life on this earth and is now revealed by the Holy Spirit; I pray his grace and peace be upon each of you. I pray His amazing protection over every one of you in the Mighty Name of Jesus (Psalm 91).
Praying the previous scenario I described will continue on with our military men and women coming home, placing their bags on the ground, inhaling the welcoming fragrance of home as they finally embrace their families once again.
Thank you Lord Jesus for your Ultimate sacrifice, and most of all your victorious, glorious resurrection in which we have eternal hope, WHEN we say, "Yes" to your freedom and receive You as Lord and Savior.
"The Lord bless you and watch, guard and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; the Lord lift His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace."
~ Numbers 6:24-26~ Amplified Version