Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Let's try that again

Armistice Day / Veteran's Day.

I guess there aren't many left who remember the origin of this day of observance. How many people remember back to 1918? They are nearly all gone. Those of you who have family in their 110's best go talk and reminisce with them. They will soon be gone like the veterans of the war for Southern Independence. (Weren't nothin' civil about it if you ask me.) Daddy and his brothers and sisters did their part during WW2 (the second war to end all wars) and I gave them 22 years of active service. I thank God that I never had to face an enemy with a gun trying to kill me. I have cousins that know that feeling and I know from their experience that I don't want to face that situation. Now My son and daughter-in-law are in harms way following orders and doing what they can. I think more than others I have an appreciation of this situation and the fullest of ramifications that can come. I know I certainly appreciate the nature of the situation more than many of our "leaders" and others in positions of power. I guess it's a good thing my finger is nowhere near the button.

If you can walk down the street and not fear for your life, you should thank a veteran (and policeman and firefighter and neighborhood watcher) because their blood makes it possible. The days of safety are numbered now and the number is getting smaller. The time has come to teach your children well, not just what they need for living, but what they need for life. Teach them about their ancestors and the trails and tribulations, the joys and sorrows, the good and the bad of their history. Hold nothing back because the world will not hold any evil back from them. Especially teach them about the nations and their relationship with God as well as their own personal relationship with God (and Jesus).

Heaven comes soon. Keep your eyes open and your ears tuned.
Live to serve and serve to live.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

amen grandpa. i like what you said here. katie is starting to ask a lot a questions about life and the funtions of things and where this and that come from..the list goes on. i know brandon and i both look forward to talking with her and emma about our families histories and passing on the fight and stuggles and victories of our ancestors. thanks for doing the same with brandon. he's a good daddy.
your D.I.L,