It’s Veterans Day!  Previously, as some of you might remember, it was called Armistice Day, when in 1938 Congress established the day as a holiday to honor the WW1 Veterans. The Armistice was an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations which began at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Armistice is Latin for “to stand (still) arms.”  In 1954 President Eisenhower official changed the name to Veterans Day and the holiday commemorates veterans of all wars. We’re flying “Pop’s” flag in celebration for the known and unknown veterans that surround us. As I was pondering, I’ve learned an important life lesson over these past 40 years in ministry. I don’t say “thank you” enough. I just want to pause to express my thanks for all the veterans out there and their families – your service matters.  Let me invite everyone to say “thank you” many times throughout this day and in the days ahead. Expressing thanks is a good way to live. Joseph Campbell, American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College, who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion reminds us “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” To all you veterans, you are indeed heroes. Thank you.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:7
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

Reflection Questions:
How do you celebrate Veterans Day?
Who is a hero to you?
How does expressing thanks impact your day?

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