Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell, May 25, 2009
"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."
~ Number 6:24-26~ Amplified Version
Grasped hands holding on hoping this moment will not end. Yet reality interrupts as their hands slowly slide apart. The hands of a wife and husband. I imagine a wife holding back the overwhelming emotions that she feels at this very moment. She tries with all her mind to capture this very moment praying it will forever be 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 his head still turned back looking at his wife; watching the tears softly roll down her rosy cheeks.
Suddenly, the door flings open as his 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. You can't hear him crying but you can see his whole body cry for the love of his family. I imagine that at this moment he 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.
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 representing the United States of America is 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. 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 each of you in the Mighty Name of Jesus (Psalm 91).
I pray the scene that I imagined earlier will continue with this soldier coming back, placing his bags on the ground, inhaling the fragrance of home, finally embracing his family once again.
Thank you Lord Jesus for your Ultimate sacrifice yet your glorious resurrection in which we have eternal hope in, IF we say, "Yes" to your freedom and receive You as Lord and Savior.