Janice Boekhoff

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

To lay down your life for a friend. This is what Jesus calls the greatest love.

What about for a stranger? Every year men and women in our armed forces lay down their lives for their country. But is their country some collection of land, states and governments?

No, their country is you, and me, and my next door neighbor Bob. These strong men and women make the ultimate sacrifice for us.

I can think of nothing as akin to Christ’s example as a soldier serving the people of this country until death. As an American, I am humbled and awed by the sacrifices that those in our armed forces continue to make every day.

People say Americans are growing more selfish with each generation. Perhaps the people who say that are looking in the wrong place. Because our military is full of selfless people giving of their lives to make a difference in ours.

Dear Lord, bless those who serve in our “one nation under God.” Give them peace in knowing they are following Your example of sacrifice for love. In Jesus’s name, amen.


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