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November 12, 2018

Good morning;

I sit in my office this morning as the sky, instead of turning lighter and brighter, is getting darker and more ominous.   Rain and storms will be moving in today and last through most of the week.  I think of those just to our east still dealing with the recovery from hurricane Michael.  Among those who came to help were members of our military.  Many of those who lost everything in the storm were military families stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City.  Many families were left alone during the storm to evacuate by themselves as pilots ferried planes to safer locations.

With yesterday being Veterans Day, we were reminded of the service of those men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our military.  We also remember those who sacrificed mental, emotional and physical well-being to serve our country.  We remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war zones in far off countries.

It is through their efforts and sacrifice that our country, as divided as it is, has remained a place where freedom and liberty is at home in our hearts and in the heart of our great republic.  It is through their efforts and sacrifice that many countries around the world have found protection and humanitarian relief.  It is through their efforts and sacrifice that those who would see us defeated have many times hesitated to take on such a powerful nation and in other instances wished they hadn’t provoked us in the first place.

From the days of the founding of our country more than 200 years ago, there have been those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for or country.  Our country’s motto, printed on all our currency, is “IN GOD WE TRUST.”  It is in God we have trusted and built the foundation of this country in the bloody sacrifice of war.  It is in God we need to trust as our nation moves forward.

Over the next few days, thank those you know have given a portion, large or small – to the defense of this great country and the ideals on which it was founded.  Remember those who gave so you and I can enjoy the freedom in which we live.  But more importantly toady, remember those on the battlefields scattered across the world in foreign lands as you read this message.  They are citizen soldiers who have volunteered to be in harm’s way for our country.  Whether you agree with the war they fight or not, lift them up in prayer as they fight.  Pray for the families left behind, getting little information and worrying about the phone call or the visit from those officials in uniform.  Will you say a little prayer today each time to see or handle a coin or bill with the words “IN GOD WE TRUST?”

Dear Lord, for those who have fought and died on the battlefield, I pray a prayer of thanksgiving today.  They have served and given themselves so our country can live in freedom.  I pray for those on the battlefield this very moment.  I pray for their families as they wait in fearful anticipation and hopeful expectation.  Surround them with your grace and love.  May they feel you hold them close in times of doubt and danger, and hopelessness.  May your presence be made real to each of them as they seek your protection.  I pray for the leaders of our country that they may find ways to end war and the sacrifice of human life.  I pray for our enemies and ask your presence be made real to them as well.  I thank you, Lord, for the abundance and freedom with which you have blessed this nation.  Help us to return to you as the foundation on which this nation was created.  These things I pray in Jesus name.  Amen.

Have a great week living in the freedom paid for with the lives of those of who have served and those who are currently serving.

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Rev. J. Pete Hyde

Pastor

Santa Rosa Beach Community Church
850-267-2599

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