I chose this picture as a shoutout and show of respect to all that serve or who have served....
But this isn't Veteran's Day. This is Memorial Day, a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in our Armed Forces. It's also a day to remember the family, friends and loved ones they left behind.
|Borrowed from Mike Gleason on FB|
It doesn't matter whether you agree with war, or Armed Forces, or even those who choose to serve. Today, it doesn't matter. They died serving their country and are to be honored for that service, that sacrifice. Period.
Personally? I prefer to live in la-la-la land and still have hope for world peace, not domination or the need to fight for freedom or justice. Here are 2 messages that touched my heart recently.
This 1st one was from the Daily Word of the Unity Church of Arlington on 5/26:
Prayerfully, I stand for peace.In my thoughts and prayers, I affirm peace for myself and for the world. With patience and courage, I stand for peace no matter what the circumstance. I hold a vision of peace in the midst of conflict. I honor the dream of peace in each one of us.My prayer and vision are made manifest when I serve as an understanding presence during a disagreement. Standing for peace, I encourage others to listen, to honor each other, and to seek common ground.Every land, every nation, includes people like me who are standing for peace. We are one in Spirit, and our oneness generates true power. One by one, we stand for peace and together we bring it forth in our world.Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,neither shall they learn war any more.-- Isaiah 2:4
The 2nd is from a post on Wayne Wir's blog:
At the end of the talk someone from the audience asked the Dalai Lama, "Why didn't you fight back against the Chinese?" The Dalai Lama looked down, swung his feet just a bit, then looked back up at us and said with a gentle smile, "Well, war is obsolete, you know." Then after a few moments, his face grave, he said, "Of course the mind can rationalize fighting back... but the heart, the heart would never understand. Then you would be divided in yourself, the heart and the mind, and the war would be inside you."
One of Wayne's readers left this comment:
"Of course the mind can rationalize fighting back… but the heart, the heart would never understand"If Jesus had this quote to use people would understand “turn the other cheek” better.
To that, I can only say, "Amen." But I am able to gather all of that information and say whatever I want through free, public speech while sitting in my cozy apartment, drinking coffee and writing on the internet because I live in the land of the free and the brave. So, I'll step down off my soap box and close with a HUGE thank you to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.