Distant Drums

The United States has rushed to the rescue of the innocent bystanders of Syria.  Whether you agree with the decision to chastise Syria – or not – let’s please support our Country’s men and women who are serving in the military to protect not only the citizens of the United States, but also the citizens of the world.

Journalist Tom Brokaw called the generation that survived the Great Depression and endured World War II the Greatest Generation.  Why? Because that generation did not spit on its military, they did not call the men and women who served during the Vietnam War – baby killers.  They did not hold protests against the War and the United States’ government.

They held parades for their military.  They broadcast patriotic songs and made patriotic motion pictures.  Hype – propaganda you say?  I call it respect, honor, pride.

Matthew 24:6-7 tells us You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

I hear the sound of distant drums.  I hear the rumors. And I am concerned, not only for my military-age grandchildren but for the World.

Let’s not be like the people of the Vietnam Generation – my generation.  Let’s give our service men and women the respect and honor they deserve.  Not only when they perform an act of great courage – but now. Do it now.  I don’t want to see another widow on the news, standing alone, or with just a few friends and relatives, to meet her husband who is coming home in a box.  I want to see a band playing music as they stand on the tarmac with her.  I want to see community leaders standing by her side to give her moral support.

And as for the rest of us – let’s thank the servicemen for their service.  Let’s pray for our service men and our Country and pray for the leaders of the countries throughout the World – that they will make the right decisions and lead their people in Peace.

And may God bless us indeed – one and all.

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