Sunday November 13th, 2011
Mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions. 1 CHRONICLES 12:8
Recently I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting with a high-ranking officer at the Pentagon in Washington. What was planned as a 15-minute appointment turned into more like 45. He told me that two of his sons were currently serving in the same unit in Iraq. A war takes on a different face when you talk to dads and moms whose sons and daughters are in harm’s way every day.
He said he starts his day by reviewing a list of names of the men and women who have died in battle.
We closed our time by praying for this officer and his family. As I prepared to leaveâ€”after praying with him for his work and the safety of his familyâ€”he handed me a pair of bronze medallions. On one side were these four statements that are especially meaningful to soldiers:
Mission first. Never accept defeat. Never quit. Never leave a fallen comrade.
Pray for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who are out there right now, sacrificing all to honor our nation and keep us safe. Pray for the families that are left behind, those heroesÂ that have fallen, and those who have served in years past.