Definition of a HERO
a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities : one that shows great courage: an object of extreme admiration and devotion
Our heroes today are young men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for what they believe in, for our country and its people, to protect our freedom and even the freedom of those on foreign soil. One of these heroes is my son-in-law, a marine pilot. He will be leaving this week for a 7 month stay in Iraq. Please pray with us every single day for his safety and the safety of those serving with him. Gracious God, We pray for our soldiers. Let your grace be a protective shield, guarding them from harm and keeping them close to your love and compassion. May we always remember that they are the ones who face the horrors and dangers of war first-hand. Help us honor them for their courage and care for them when there is damage to their bodies or spirit. When they are lonely and afraid, and long to be with those whom they love, fill their hearts with the sure knowledge of your presence at all times, in war and peace. Let them feel, O God, deep in their hearts, that your love is always there—boundlessly, unconditionally, and eternally. Amen.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9