Our scripture passage this week comes right after Jesus telling the parable of the Vine and the Branches. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death which is near. He emphases on them that they are his friends and the true mark of love in a friendship is the willingness to lay down one's life for a friend. For us today as Christians, we must be willing if needed to lay down our lives for our friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
In light of the shooting in Texas, it can cause one to think, what would I do if that happened here in Shalimar? Would I do my best to protect the person next to me? Would I try to stop the person who was shooting? Would I have laid down my life for someone else in the church?
On this Veteran's Day, we are reminded that every veteran promises to do whatever he or she is asked for the people of America or the country they have been sent to defend. The Airman's Creed says,
"I defend my Country with my Life...I will never leave an Airman behind."
If we were to look at the creeds of the other branches, we would find similar lines in every creed of the Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.
This week, ask yourself what am I willing to sacrifice for Christ? Jesus' love on the cross is the biggest sacrifice of all. What can we do to carry on Christ's sacrifice and honor him as Christians and as a military community.
God Bless and thank you to everyone who has served, who currently is serving, and to the families who support them.