Sermon Stuff #3  An Army NCO and Captain have been in the field all day playing war games in preparation for a big deployment. At the end of the day, both men were completely dirty and exhausted and looking forward to hitting their cots. As they lay on their cots looking up at the sky the NCO asks the Captain, “Sir, what do you think of when you look up?” There’s a long pause before the Captain speaks. “Well, when I look up and see all those stars, I can’t help but feel pretty minute in the grand scale of things. I mean, compared to this galaxy and who knows how many other galaxies, I feel pretty insignificant here on earth and it makes me ponder what my purpose on life is really all about.” Satisfied with his thought provoking response and picturing himself being patted on the back for his exceptional perception of things, he turns to the NCO and says, “What do you think when you look up Sergeant?” Without hesitation the NCO replies, “I think someone stole our tent Sir!”
Today we commemorate Veterans Day. Here are some facts:
18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
9 percent of veterans are women.
7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
3 million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism.
Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 325,000 are still alive
2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
As of 2019, the top three states with the highest percentage of veterans were Virginia, Wyoming, and Alaska.

Scripture Reading: John 15:12-14
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” 

Reflection Questions:
Who are the veterans in your life?
What does a “greater love” mean to you?
How are you expressing the “greater love” in your life?

Prayer:  Holy God, We thank you for all of our country’s veterans —those of past generations, and those who continue to earn this title today. As we honor and those who have served, strengthen our resolve to build a world where war will be pursued no more.  Amen.

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