Thank You for Your Service
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.."
- 1 Peter 4:8
It's already November. The temperatures are getting lower and the wind is growing colder. As we move closer (and closer) to the season of Thanksgiving, let's pause to reflect on God's abundant blessings. Let's consider some of the reasons to give thanks. This week, let's thank our veterans. Captain Rippetoe served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In April 2003, his company was protecting a nighttime checkpoint near Hadithah Dam when a vehicle approached and a woman jumped out asking for help. Captain Rippetoe had his men stay back as he approached the woman. As he neared the vehicle, the driver detonated a car bomb that took the lives of Captain Rippetoe and two other service men. Captain Rippetoe was a Christian man. He lost his life serving and helping others in need. He was the first casualty of the Iraq conflict to be buried at National Arlington Cemetery. At the start of this week, there was another story of a fallen hero. Major Brent Taylor was the 39 year old father of 7 and mayor of North Ogden, Utah. He lost his life last Saturday while serving in Afghanistan. In his final Facebook post, Major Taylor asked Americans to exercise "our precious right to vote." Whether it was the Democrats or Republicans who won, he called on us to remember "that we have far more as Americans that unite us than divide us." As his body landed on American soil just a few days ago, his wife, Jennie Taylor said, "To say that our hearts are anything less than shattered would be nothing short of true deceit." But she did not stop here. She continued, "Yet to deny the sacred honor that it is to stand that close to some of the freshest blood that has been spilled for our country would be absolute blasphemy." To the family of Major Taylor and all who served (and continue to serve) our nation, either as veterans or as the family of veterans, Thank you. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your devotion. Thank you for your service. May God bless you and your families.
- Pastor Caleb